Are Your Storage Units Safe?
It’s not always easy to know how secure self-storage facilities are by doing a quick drive-by. Many factors are at play when determining how safe your belongings are in a storage unit, which we’ll talk about in a bit.
So are storage units secure?
The answer to that question lies in what the company and the customer do to prevent theft in the first place.
What can you do and what do storage managers do to make storage units less susceptible to burglary? Here at Life Storage, we take storage unit theft very seriously. Not every self-storage facility does. The customer must remain vigilant to know the difference between a well-maintained storage facility and one that could care less about the customer’s safety. Keep reading to find out what to look for in self-storage facilities as well as what you can do to keep your belongings safe for the long term.
Important Self Storage Facility Security Features
Almost every one of our storage facilities offers the following security features to help protect your belongings. If we’re not in your area, it’s important that you find a company that also provides the same level of security so you’re not left in the dark, literally.
1. A Digital Surveillance System
A digital surveillance system records the activity on our property 24 hours a day. Be sure to ask what kind of surveillance the facility in question provides. Surveillance that is stored digitally is superior to tape storage because the digital option offers the best quality of video with little risk of a coverage lapse.
2. Password Protected Access
All of our facilities use an access system that requires customers and employees entering the property to enter a unique access code at gates and doors. This security measure greatly limits who can access the storage facility and allows us to review who has entered and exited the property if necessary.
3. Efficient Lighting in All Areas
No matter where you are at one of our storage facilities, we will most certainly have proper lighting. Life Storage associates walk every aisle inside and outside of each building daily to be sure lighting is functioning correctly. If a light bulb is out, we’ll replace it promptly. Look for facilities that have exterior lighting that will deter trespassing and interior lighting that is either always lit or motion-activated.
4. A Well Maintained Property
Thieves are trained to know the vulnerabilities of a property. Maybe it’s the damaged fencing or a broken keypad. When choosing a self storage facility, it’s important to know that if a maintenance issue comes up that it will be addressed promptly. Facilities that are understaffed or lack the proper resources are much more susceptible to theft than a property that is meticulously maintained.
5. Proper Employee Protocol
At Rhodes Storage, employees are trained to do a few key things that will greatly reduce that chance of theft. First, they will never keep a key to your unit on hand. You’re the only one who will have keys to your lock unless you authorize a manager to keep one on hand. Second, store associates do daily checks to be sure all occupied storage units are properly locked. If your unit was left unlocked (mistakes happen), you can rest assured knowing you’ll be receiving a call about it.
If you need to rent a storage unit, be sure to contact Rhodes Self Storage today. We offer competitive rates and a variety of locations so you can get organized no matter where you’re located.
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