The Truth About Storage Units

In a time when living spaces are getting smaller and possessions accumulate faster than we can keep track, storage units have become an integral part of modern life. Whether you need a storage unit for downsizing, moving, or you’re simply in need of extra space, these facilities offer a convenient solution for homeowners and businesses alike. However, with convenience comes concern and questions: are storage units truly safe for you and your belongings? Are all storage units the same? What kind of unit is best for me? Let’s discuss the truth about storage units and if it’s the right choice for you.

Article Outline

  1. Storage Unit Security
    1. Perimeter Fencing
    2. Gated Access
    3. Proper Lighting
    4. Surveillance Cameras
  2. Property Damage Risks
  3. Insurance Coverage

Storage Unit Security

One of the most common worries surrounding storage units is whether they are safe from theft and burglary. While instances of break-ins do occur in some storage facilities, it may be due to their location or lack of security. Reputable storage facilities employ various security measures to mitigate such risks. The 3 top security features to look for before renting are:


Perimeter Fencing

Many storage facilities have perimeter fencing as part of their security measures. Fencing fortifies the facility against unauthorized access and serves as a physical barrier to deter intruders and protect the belongings stored within. Perimeter fencing can vary in height and material depending on the facility. Some fences feature tall, sturdy iron bar fences with spikes on top or chain linked fences topped with barbed wire or other deterrents for added security. Some facilities may even build a  cinder block wall around the property so people on the outside can’t see in.

Gated Access     

Modern facilities often feature gated access that are equipped with electronic keypads, keycard readers, or other access control systems that require users to input a unique code or swipe a keycard to gain entry, thereby restricting unauthorized individuals from entering and exiting the premises. Gated access also allows storage facility operators to monitor and track entry and exit times, enhancing security measures and providing accountability.

Surveillance Cameras

Most facilities are equipped with surveillance cameras, providing round-the-clock monitoring of the premises. These cameras act as a deterrent to potential intruders and aid in identifying perpetrators in the rare event of a security breach. Most facilities are like a maze inside and out which makes surveillance cameras important to ensure that every area can be viewed and prohibit blind spots.

Proper Lighting

Adequate lighting ensures that the storage facility is well-lit, making it easier for customers to access their units and navigate the premises, especially during evening hours. Bright lighting can also discourage criminal activity and it plays a crucial role in supporting surveillance systems, such as security cameras, by providing clear visibility of the surroundings. This allows for better monitoring of the premises and facilitates the identification of any suspicious activity.

By implementing these security features, storage facilities prioritize the safety and security of their customers and their customers’ belongings.

Property Damage Risks

Potential renters might also be concerned about whether their belongings are safe from damage, particularly from environmental factors such as extreme temperatures, humidity, insects, and rodents. The last thing you want is to have all of your stored items ruined. Fortunately, reputable storage companies prioritize maintenance and upkeep of their facilities. They regularly inspect units for signs of damage and address any issues promptly.

Some things you want to ask yourself before renting a unit are: what are you storing, and how long are you storing it? If you’re storing electronics, appliances, or leather furniture, then you should opt for a climate-controlled unit. Climate-controlled units maintain consistent temperature and humidity levels, protecting sensitive items from deterioration. They are also located inside the storage facility building, ensuring more security than outside units.

If you don’t have sensitive items or only need a short-term rental, then a non-climate controlled unit may suit your needs. Outside units are regularly inspected, maintained, and facilities employ pest control measures to prevent infestations and ensure the integrity of stored items.

Check out our blog “How to Prepare Your Belongings for a Storage Unitto learn how to safely pack items for storage.

Insurance Coverage

A common misconception is that items stored in a storage unit are not insured, leaving them vulnerable to potential loss or damage. However, many storage facilities offer insurance options to provide additional protection for customers’ belongings ensuring that their property is protected against unforeseen circumstances. Storage facilities often partner with insurance providers to offer specialized storage insurance plans tailored to the needs of their customers. It’s important to carefully read all of your insurance options and select the coverage that best suits your needs. You should also ask your homeowners insurance provider if they offer temporary off-site insurance.

The notion that storage units are unsafe is largely a misconception. Reputable storage facilities prioritize the safety and security of their customers’ belongings through strong security measures, climate control options, and insurance coverage. At Move Logistics we are not only a moving company but we also have on-site storage units available for our clients. We offer short and long term rentals of Climate Controlled Units, Non-climate Controlled Units, and Warehousing Storage. All of our units are in-house and monitored around the clock with state-of-the-art security cameras that are recording 24/7. Our units are available by-appointment-only to ensure our customers are the only ones with access to their units. Schedule a time to visit and check out our storage options while you prepare to move!


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