When choosing a storage center for storing your valuable belongings, few things are as important to consider as the security the center has to offer. You want to make sure that anything you choose to store — whether it’s furniture, clothing, or holiday decorations — is kept safe not only from the elements, but from thieves and vandals as well.
Here are some common security features in place at many storage centers. Keep in mind that some centers may not have all of these features; it’s important to think about the features that are the most important to you, and then make sure that your facility offers those services.
Keypad Gate Access
Restricted access to the storage center is considered a basic security feature. What may differ is how the gate is opened and the center is accessed. Many facilities have computerized systems that require a code entered on a keypad in order to gain entry. While this is a fairly secure option, you might want to ask how long the system has been in place, and if it has ever malfunctioned or been tampered with.
Also a very basic security feature, some kind of fence or wall around the perimeter of a center is very important to the security of the facility. A solid block wall adds the appearance and feel of a very secure facility; sometimes, a little extra peace of mind makes all the difference!
Security cameras have come a long way in the past several years; make sure that your storage center has an updated system that is (preferably) digital. Make note of the cameras’ locations and ask how the recorded video data is stored (and for how long).
Some centers provide you with a lock, while others prefer that you bring your own. It may be a matter of self preference, but take the time to ask each facility why they do it the way they do.
A well-lit space will deter criminals. Notice the lighting at your facility and ask if the lights are on 24/7. This will also make a difference if you have to access your unit in the evening or early morning.
How often is the property being monitored? Some facilities have live-in managers, meaning there is someone on-site all day, every day. Others may not be so vigilant.
If a security incident does occur, what is the center’s response? Do they offer any sort of insurance on your items? How soon will you be informed of the incident? Has it ever happened before? These questions will give you a good idea of how seriously a center treats security.
When renting a storage unit, you don’t want to trust your possessions to just anyone. You want to make sure that the storage center you choose is safe, secure, and reliable. AZ Storage Centers and Deer Valley II Self Storage in Phoenix offer state-of-the-art security features and use best practices when securing their facilities. Put your storage in good hands and contact Deer Valley Storage at 623-582-0252 today!