How To Spot a Sketchy Self-Storage Business

1. Bad Location


As the saying goes, business is all about location, location, and location. Storage is often a target to thieves that have nothing to lose and will break into literally anything. Having a storage business that is located in a safe area is vital to preventing break-ins. Basically, storage units that are located away from hotbeds of criminal activity keep out the majority of would-be thieves.


2. No Barbed-Wire Fence



While the first barbed-wire fences were originally used to deter animals from escaping farmlands, they eventually found there way into the world of business security. Scaling a barbed-wire fence is tough for even the fittest criminals and will lead snags, tears, and cuts. Not having a fence is a sure sign of a storage business that does not have the capital or intelligence to keep tenants safe.

3. Poor Technology



Technology is the new frontier of any modern business big or small. Sophisticated surveillance, self-storage databases, and web marketing are now essentials to a successful storage business. When searching for quality storage, keeping up-to-date with the newest technology is a sure sign of good management. These breakthroughs not only make the business more efficient, but show that the owners are smart enough to realize the bottom-line: Happy, paying customers.

3 Things That Should Never Be in Storage

1. Batteries



According to Wikipedia, “Alkaline batteries are prone to leaking potassium hydroxide, a caustic agent that can cause respiratory, eye and skin irritation”. Make sure to check all electronics for leftover batteries before storing. Not only can battery leakage be dangerous to the body, it can also damage belongings.


2. Pressurized Cans & Bottles



3. Photographs



The US library of congress suggest photographs should be at room temperature with 30-40% humidity. If you wish to store sensitive photos, look into climate controlled storage. Western NC often has unpredictable weather, so steer from putting old family photographs in the storage.

Discus Locks: A Security Must



Discus locks, put simply, are circular shaped locks with an extra aluminum jacket that leaves the bolt less exposed compared to conventional locks. They are a staple of the self-storage industry and add an extra layer of security that few thieves would be willing cut. As of yet, the only way to cut them is with an electric tool. The sound of a noisy generator and metal grinder are enough to thwart even the most brazen criminals. Being shielded with an aluminum jacket, they differ little from conventional locks except that little of the actual bolt is exposed.



The bolt is achilles heal of any lock and is what any would-be thieve would try to cut in the event of a break in. When cut with bolt-cutters, the aluminum jacket gives way and makes it impossible to break through into the bolt. Simply including these locks with each rental can greatly reduce the likelihood of a break-in.