When choosing a self-storage facility, multiple factors go into the decision making process. The first thing you should know is how tight security is regarding access to the property. Some sort of access controlled keypad should be in place at all entrances. By far the best one on the market right now would have to be the 3200i model from Sentinel. With customized messages and a pinhole camera with intercom included, this is defiantly the best option. This technology ensures that visitors who are not customers will not be admitted onto the property unless they are accompanied by staff member.
Obviously, no storage facility should be without a security camera system. Close Circuit Television (CCTV) surveillance cameras are the most effective way to monitor the entire property 24 hours a day. They should have an eye on every hallway, unit, office and elevator (if applicable). Personally, I feel as though dome cameras are the way to go, since they can rotate to cover more area and they are almost impossible to disable. The DPRO-AS700 Vandal CCTV is top of the line, but can get a bit pricey. Settling for a slight downgrade is not a bad way to go. For example, many Tucson storage units are using the DPRO-9620VFW, which is just as good.
The smallest, but perhaps one of the most vital pieces of this storage puzzle is the individual unit locks. Most self-storage facilities will require that you provide your own, which is a good thing because it gives you the option of securing your stuff with a beefed up lock. Disc locks are widely known as the most theft-proof, so except to pay anywhere from $20-$60 for one. If you want to get brand specific, Chateau is top-of-the-line, but really any kind will do. Depending on the monetary value of your belongings in storage, these locks can be well worth their cost.
If for some reason, the previous three features did not do enough to thwart the criminal, surely the alarm system will be the final deterrent. People have them on their cars and in their houses, so why not install them in people’s storage units. Cisco makes simple to install wireless alarm transmitters that can be attached to the door of every storage unit which provides you with instantaneous notification should security be violated. Smoke alarms and fire alarms should be included also; having your stuff burnt to a crisp is just as bad as having it stolen.
As you can see, technology has helped provide storage facilities with the appropriate security tools. With the holidays in full swing, criminals are getting more desperate with each passing day. So make sure that the location you choose has the right systems in place, and sleep easy knowing that your personal belongings are locked up tight.