When looking for Dallas Self Storage, there are several security features that you should be on the lookout for before making your decision. However, with these added safety features some self storage facilities may choose to charge a higher rent rate to compensate for the cost of the upkeep of these security amenities. Knowing about the different types of safety features and understanding their purpose will help you decide if you’re overspending on some of these security amenities.
Fencing and Gates
Perimeter fencing is one of the most common security features that Dallas storage facilities offer. You’re looking for a fence that encircles the entire facility, with secure gate that can be accessed by self storage customers. When you are considering a self storage facility to store your belongings, make sure that the facility is surrounded by a high quality fence, some city ordinances limit the height of the fence, but the higher the better. You will also want to make sure that the fencing is well maintained inside and outside of the storage unit. Ask the manager if you could walk around and check out the fence, looking to see if there are any weak spots in the fencing. There are three basic types of fencing that Dallas self storage facilities offer, chain-link, wrought iron and wood.
Chain-link fencing is strong and allows for visibility into the facility, most storage facilities that utilize chain-link fencing combine it with a wrought iron gate, providing added safety. Wrought iron is sturdy however it can be the most expense safety feature. Wood fencing is the third type of fencing offered at Dallas storage facilities.
Look for Dallas storage with a lot of lighting; make sure that the area where the storage facility is located is also in a well lit location. This could mean lights around the perimeter of the facility and at the entrance. Drive by the facility at night to see if all of the lights are working properly and in good condition, if the facility makes it a priority of maintaining these amenities then you know that they are making the safety of your belongings a priority. The lights should be visible inside and outside of the storeroom.
Supplying your own high quality lock, will give you the added assurance that your belongings are safe. If you are unsure of what type of lock to choose ask the facility manager what type of lock you should purchase and where you can buy the lock. Look for a lock that cannot easily be cut by bolt cutters. Some Dallas storage units will have recommended locks on-site that you may be able to purchase. Once you’ve obtained you lock, ask the facility about their policy on access to your storage unit. If the storage unit doesn’t already require it, you may want to leave an extra key with the storage facility manager. This is in case a key is lost of you are stationed away from your storage unit and you have an emergency that requires a trusted friend access your storage unit to retrieved something.
Some Dallas storage facilities will have keypads to access the gate of the facility. Each customer will receive an access code, which allows them entrance into the storage facility. Without the access code the customer cannot enter the facility to use their storage unit. Check with the facility to see the hours the keypad will work, most units work during normal operating hours unless the facility offers 24/7 access.
Most facilities have security cameras located at the main gate, to monitor who is coming and going from the storage facility. Look to see if there are anymore cameras on the grounds and where they are located, if you can’t tell ask the manager. Find out if someone is regularly observing the video feeds to check for any suspicious activities. Ask if the storage facility keeps a log of who accesses the keypad, so the facility knows for sure who using their units at all times.
Some Dallas storage operators have someone who lives on the property, so an individual can be present at the facility at all times. This person may be a staff member, the owner or the property manager, if someone does live on-site be sure to introduce yourself and get their contact information in case you need to access your unit during an obscure hour. These people are here for added security and to assist you in anyway necessary by answering questions. Although someone is on-site other security features should be in place to protect your belongings.
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