Creating a Safe Self-Storage Facility

Tenants need feel safe when on location at your self-storage facility. They may not always be a manager on site. Here are our tips for creating a safe facility.

Fencing

Fencing is a great way to keep out anyone who is not authorized to be at the facility as well as animals that live in the area. Damage and holes in fences can be a big security problem for your facility. Make sure to inspect your fences daily and make repairs as soon as possible.

Lighting

Do you have a facility that is open to customers 24 hours a day? When was the last time you personally walked around your facility after dusk? Make sure that there is adequate lighting along walkways from the parking lot to the storage units. Adequate lighting helps to prevent crime by discouraging would-be criminals and reduces the risk of injury from assault or trip-and-fall incidents. In addition, there should be adequate lighting for security cameras to capture on-site activity at night. Lighting helps tenants and staff feel safe after dark and gives facility owners an extra layer of security by reducing the risk of crime and bodily injury. Where appropriate, automated timer-based lighting and motion-activated lighting options are available.

Gates

A gate that doesn’t operate correctly could let in unauthorized people, cause injury to customers, and damage vehicles. Inspect gates and keypads as part of the daily premise inspections and schedule regular inspections by a licensed professional. In addition, establish a schedule for updating keycodes to help minimize the risk of trespassing due to keycode sharing.

Inspections

Managers should conduct premise inspections multiple times each day to identify safety and maintenance issues, check customer locks, and monitor customers for violations of facility rules and regulations.


Prevention is critical when it comes to maintaining facility safety and security as well as minimizing the risk of injury and property damage. Provide facility managers with regular training and the tools they need to help protect your business’s bottom line and reputation.

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