Are Self Storage Units Safe?

CCTV Security

The purpose of a Self Storage facility is to provide safe, secure units for customers to rent. In reality, the security of each facility varies significantly. There are plenty of questions you as a customer should be asking of your facility to determine whether you feel safe leaving your items in their store, and also you can take certain measures that will provide an extra layer of security when moving into Self Storage. 

Important Security Features you should check on

1. CCTV System. Be sure to check that the store has a digital surveillance system running 24/7 covering all main entry and exit points of the store. 

2. Efficient lighting in all areas, not only on corridors accessing units but also exterior lighting that will deter trespassing. At Cinch Storage we have motion sensored lighting, and if every a bulb is out it is replaced promptly. 

3. Response Systems. There are various grades of intruder alarm system. The security grade is a measure of the resilience to outside influences. Grades 2 and 3 can gain police response to alarms, and at Cinch Storage we have a grade 3 response system.

4. Smoke and fire detection are an absolute must. Be sure to double check these are both in place and are being properly maintained. 

What you can do to keep your valuables safe? 

1. Buy a quality lock! Locks are meant to be a deterrent from a quick, unplanned theft. Criminals are most likely to go after units with poor locks that are easy to break. Locks that are resistant to bolt cutters are highly recommended.

2. Use indoor self storage. There are plenty of different types of Storage, including outdoor container storage and wooden crate storage, make sure you ask what storage the facility has if it is not clear on their website. 

3. Keep a current inventory of items. This might seem like a pain, but it is well worth the time in case something is taken and the insurance company will require details.  

4. Purchase insurance even if not required. Insurance starts from just £1 per week at Cinch Storage, and it’s thoroughly recommended for each customer to take the minimum amount. It’s a flexible policy and covers your items against a wide range of potential mishaps. 

5. Know not not to put in your storage unit. There are plenty of items you are not allowed to put in your storage unit. You can view a list in our terms and conditions, and be sure to ask other stores what you can and can’t store. 

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