4 Critical Tips for Maximizing Self-Storage Security

March 29, 2012 9
4 Critical Tips for Maximizing Self-Storage Security

by Sasha Smith, guest blogger

Maintaining renter satisfaction at a self-storage facility is largely dependent on the amount of security the facility offers. Renters paying monthly fees to store their belongings expect those belongings to be secure at all times. Problems with theft not only deter renters, but owners could be liable for losses. No matter how large or small the self-storage facility, there are cost-effective measures that can be taken to maximize security.

1. Limit hours
One way to keep a self-storage facility secure is limiting the hours when renters can access the facility. Depending on the safety of the surrounding neighborhood, owners may want to only keep doors and gates open during daylight hours. This step is simple, but can significantly reduce the possibility of theft.

2. Locks and gates
Every storage facility should invest in a strong gate to keep intruders out when the facility is not open. Owners of larger facilities can add electronic security features to the gate that will keep it closed unless a renter enters a specific code associated with their unit. Electronic gates cut down on theft that may occur even when the facility is open.

It seems like a no-brainer, but always remind renters they are responsible for keeping their units locked. Unlocked units welcome thieves, and even if the theft is not the owner’s fault, any theft occurring in a storage facility will turn off potential renters.

3. Video surveillance
When a storage facility owner cannot be on the premises at all times, video surveillance allows for constant monitoring. Installing cameras to keep an eye on who enters and leaves the premises not only adds security to the facility, but is also a great sales tool when attracting new renters.

The safest method of video surveillance is utilizing digital recording technology. This eliminates the possibility of having video destroyed on-site by thieves. The video is digitally stored online, which also makes it easy to access when the owner or manager is not there.

Larger facilities may use off-site monitoring services to increase security. In this case, video surveillance is relayed directly to the security company, where an operator monitors the video and will notify the owner or manager if suspicious activity occurs.

4. Living on-site
This option is obviously not reasonable for every facility owner or operator, especially if there is no space available that is zoned residential. However, if an owner or manager has the ability to live on-site and is willing to commit to the responsibility, it can be a cost-effective way to provide security. Part of a manager’s compensation could be the living quarters, saving the owner money on employee expenses.

Sasha Smith is a guest blogger for EZ Storage, a self-storage facility with locations in Newton, Natick and Framingham, MA. EZ Storage offers full security and a diverse range of units and amenities.

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  • http://www.91expressstorage.com/ Self Storage Units

    The suggestions are very valuable in ensuring safety of renter’s belongings and keeping the reputation of the self storage unit intact.

  • http://www.svselfstorage.com/ Moving Supplies

    Security is of major concern while going for storage services. This post is quite informative and throwing some light on this issue. Thanks

    • http://thestoragefacilitator.com Rachel Greenfield

      Thank you for reading!

  • http://www.south75storage.com/ storage Tulsa OK

    It is very important for people who have self storage units to be mindful about security. These relevant tips that you shared are surely a great deal of help to ensure that their valuables remain safe. Thanks for sharing a very informative article.

  • http://www.carpselfstorage.ca/ Erik Littles

    Any facilities that keep valuable items are bound to attract thieves. Sad to say, robbery in such places is common news, which makes sense. A thief would rob some place where the probability of getting something of worth is high. Hence, people should consider doing a background check first on the security system of self-storage facilities before getting into business with them. Although they are liable for the losses if they are proven negligent, a loss is a loss which cannot be replaced.

    • http://www.globalselfstorage.com.au/ Global Self Storage

      I must say, I agree with your point of checking the background of companies providing self-storage facilities, so as to be on the safer side. Nonetheless, great points by others too.

  • http://www.aussie-storage.co.uk/ Natalie Diaz

    I think that managers never want to make any promises they can’t keep. Remember, self storage professionals should never make any security guarantees to customers—no matter what kind of security system or track record the self storage facility boasts. I think that the particular storage facility should be alarmed. Thanks for sharing.

  • Ericka Muldowney

    I agree with Erik. Before you entrust your belongings to a self-storage facility provider, you might want to check with their previous clients to guarantee the credibility of their business. Also, if your relatives or friends recommend their trusted self-storage company to you, then take it. That way, you can be sure of the quality and security of their service.

    Ericka Muldowney

  • Seth Ashford

    These are great for anyone who wants to use self-storage to get rid of their excess. It is always good to have security in a storage facility to have that peace of mind. Great tips!

    Seth Ashford | http://www.aaasummitstorage.com/