Storing valuable items in a 24 hour storage facility makes it possible to house the things that you want or need without taking up all of that space in your home or garage. If you're worried about the safety of your items, or your personal safety while you're accessing the unit during late hours, there's some things that you can do to ensure that you, and your valuables are safe. Here, you'll find a few tips to help you do just that.
How much security does the storage facility have in place? Do you need an access code or key to gain access to the grounds? Are there cameras and a security system in place to monitor the grounds? These are two security measures that most quality storage facilities have in place. Without them there'd be little chance of catching anyone stealing or vandalizing the property.
It is in your best interest to inquire about the security of the grounds before you load the storage unit with your valuables. Ask if there is an actual person on the grounds 24 hours a day, if the security camera feeds and system are monitored and if there have been any issues with theft in recent history. Once you get the answers you need, you'll better be able to judge if the unit will be the safest place to store your things.
Added Security in the Unit
If you're still not feeling confident that your things will be safe in the storage unit, you can install a camera inside the unit. Game cameras, used by hunters, are one good and affordable option. These cameras can go a very long time on a single charge because they don't capture images unless there is movement. Once the camera detects movement, it captures either still-shots of videos of whatever is triggering the motion detection sensors. Then, you can check the memory card and see who has been messing around with your stuff and have the evidence you need to turn them into the police and recoup any losses.
Door sensors can also be used to alert the attendant that your storage unit has been opened. These little gadgets are cheap and are easy to install. One piece of the gadget is attached to the door, the other is attached to the floor or side-rail of the door. When the two pieces disconnect when the door is open, it will begin to squeal or beep loudly – this could be enough to scare off the potential thief or alert someone of the break-in.
Talk with the storage facility to learn about the security measures in place. Hopefully, everything is up to par, but if not, you have the option of moving it to another, more secure facility for your own safety and peace of mind.