If you are serious about getting the most out of your self-storage unit (regardless of exactly what you have decided to store inside it), you’re going to want to make sure that any particular service you are using has implemented all of the advanced security technologies available today.
Obviously, when you decide to use a self-storage unit, you are understanding that there is a bit of risk to this type of proposal and situation – but when you work with reliable and reputable services you’re able to mitigate as much of that risk as possible.
Here are just a few security concerns you need to investigate before signing on the dotted line and agreeing to any self-storage contract!
Do they have general alarm systems installed, and how are they monitored?
The most obvious thing that you are going to want to investigate is whether or not you have a self-storage unit that is protected with a “general alarm system”, not dissimilar to the general alarm systems that are installed in homes and businesses all over the world.
Not only should this technology the made available to you regardless of the unit that you decide to move forward with, but you should also inquire as to how these alarm systems are monitored – and if there will be a guard on site 24/7.
Dothey take advantage of infrared or motion detecting cameras solutions for unit security?
Secondly, you are going to want to investigate whether or not your particular self-storage unit is protected by infrared or motion detecting cameras, or a commendation of the two highly advanced technologies.
A lot of facilities that aren’t protected with an on-site guard 24/7 have been moving towards infrared and motion detecting camera setups, but not all of them have decided to make the leap. This is definitely something that you will want to investigate, and you’ll also want to make sure that your particular self-storage unit is in the window of coverage for the systems if they are installed.
Have they implemented fire alarms, smoke alarms, and other “indivisible threat” alarms throughout the storage space?
Theft is not the only thing that you need to make sure you and your belongings are protected from.
Fire, smoke, and even flooding can all represent serious issues to the safety and security of your possessions that are placed in a self-storage unit or locker, and you need to make sure that there are safety devices installed to protect you from these issues.
You also want to make sure that the systems are monitored not only by the self-storage company or service themselves, but also monitored by all of the local emergency services so that you can get the protection and assistance you need almost immediately.
Obviously, these are not the only safety concerns you need to be considering, but they definitely represent some of the most valuable and important solutions you need to verify.