Security options for storage

If you have more possessions than places to put them, keeping your things secure in a rented storage unit is often a convenient solution. However, it’s important to make sure that your belongings will be not just secure but easily accessible. Security measures vary according to geographic location, facility policy and cost, so here are some things to keep in mind when looking for the right kind of storage for you.

Facility Hours

For security purposes, the majority of self-storage properties have set hours during which renters can enter the property and access their storage unit. The property’s security system will prevent you from entering the property other than during these hours. If your schedule is different than the hours the storage facility is open, storage may become more of a headache than a help. Be sure to know up front what times and days you will be allowed to access your belongings.

In some cases, you can rent a storage unit with 24-hour access or extended hoursfor an increased fee.

Locks & Security Systems

Although no security system is totally foolproof, there are security features that the facility should have to make sure both you and your stored items are as safe as possible:

 

  • When possible, chose a property that is completely fenced in. It should also be well lit. This is especially important if you will be accessing your storage unit when it’s dark, or a times when no managers are on duty.
  • Almost all storage facilities have a keypad entry system at the main gate. When you rent a storage unit you will be given a unique access code, which you’ll use to gain entry to the facility via the main gate’s keypad system. In addition to using the code, you will be responsible for supplying some sort of lock for your individual storage unit. Remember that you will have the only key to your individual lock.
  • Finally, there should be at least one video surveillance camera at the main gate. This backs up the keypad entry system with a chronological visual history of all individuals who have entered and exited the facility. Some storage facilities have video cameras – sometimes as many as 15 or more – at other spots around the site, too.


The peace of mind that comes from secured storage is an important benefit for both individuals and business owners, but security policies can become a hassle if you don’t know what you’re signing up for. Take the extra step to investigate the security options available at the storage facility of your choosing, and maximize the convenience of your storage solution.