Choosing a secure self storage unit to securely store your valuables is a wise decision as self storage has an enviable reputation for safety. However, these days one can never be too sure about security. Thieves have a cunning way of getting into the most secure places.
But storage safety is not only about protection from theft, it’s also about the storage environment. An environment that is not conducive to optimal storage conditions can result in the stored goods being damaged or spoilt. So, one can never be too careful when it comes to storage.
Fortunately, there are additional steps that can be taken to ensure that valuables are safe in self storage. It’s important to know that you can take these additional steps to be extra sure of your valuables while being stored in a self storage unit.
At Stop & Store Penrith, while giving a safety guarantee, and doing our best to keep your possessions secure in the storage, believe that any additional safety measures that storage users use for extra security are always beneficial.
So, to be sure that your valuables are safe from damage and theft, we recommend that you consider these measures when opting for a self storage rental. In this way, the risk and the potential for loss can be minimised and you will have peace of mind using a secure storage facility.
Security Tips for Secure and Safe Storage
Don’t expect all self storage facilities to be the same. While the concept of secure and safe storage may be the theme across all of them, you need to know that you are dealing with a company that goes the extra mile and is the best.
- Check out the storage facility:
Reputation is everything, so ask around and check reviews. These are to be found online on the storage company’s website. Online reviews tell a story, as does that first call to the storage facility. Here you will be able to gain a firsthand impression of the kind of service that you can expect.
- Visit the storage facility for yourself.
By doing so you will get a first-hand impression of the premises, the staff’s professionalism, and the safety aspects. By asking the right questions you are sure to get the answers to any concerns about security.
Protecting Your Possessions in Storage
Several actions can be taken to protect your possessions in storage. These include the following:
- Look for a secure storage unit that has climate control or is insulated. The insulated container will be more affordable and, in any case, protect the contents from variations in external temperature conditions. This in turn helps reduce the exposure to humid conditions or freezing temperatures.
- Know exactly what you have in storage. The best way to do so is to take a detailed inventory so that you have a record for insurance purposes.
- Speaking of insurance, it’s your choice whether you feel that the stored goods are that meaningful or valuable that they should be insured. In which case speak to the storage facility to find out options or use your normal channels to cover the contents for the period they are stored.
Being Responsible About Self Storage
Even though you are in effect handing over your possessions to a third party, the self storage company, there are additional steps that you can take to safeguard your stored possessions.
- Take the responsibility of checking the security features offered by the storage facility. In other words, when arriving at the gate, are the check-in procedures tight and in place? Are you aware of surveillance cameras, and are there security personnel present?
- Don’t let your access keys out of sight, and don’t share your access code with anyone. Alternatively, if you do make sure that they can be trusted.
- The position of your rental unit also makes a difference to its level of safety. A unit on the outside of the building is more likely to be more exposed than a unit in the middle on the inside. This is just a tip to increase the safety of your goods in the storage.
- Keep in regular contact with the storage company and be prepared to visit the unit now and again just to check that everything is in order.
- Care should be taken of valuable items and documents. It may be an idea to securely store them at the back of the self storage unit out of sight and harm’s way. Even then, some would recommend storing them in a water and fireproof container, just for added protection.
As seen above, several additional steps can be taken to provide added security for your stored possessions whilst in self storage. These are purely up to you and serve to bolster the safety features that are already in place.
Self Storage: Probably the Secure and Safest Way to Store Your Valuables
By now you would have considered other alternatives to self storage as well, and are likely to conclude, like many others, that this is the way to go. Checking the safety record of the storage facility is one thing but remember that their standards must be held high continuously.
This is why it is so important to be always vigilant and to be aware of the value of a well-secured storage facility. Stop & Store is one of those whose security protocols are at the highest levels.
Feel free to come and see our premises for yourself to have peace of mind. We welcome any questions and input and of course your valued patronage should you choose us as your secure storage partner.
If you are looking for a safe and secure storage rental, please contact us.
Or call us on 01768 800291.