When operating any business, be it small or large, there are some things that simply must be kept secure. These may be valuable objects or resources, or confidential records and contracts; not the kind of stuff you want to lose. Oftentimes the vast majority of such items can be stored within your existing business premises, but for some a small monetary investment in order to secure some form of external storage facility may prove to be more beneficial.

There are a number of advantages to investing in off-site external storage; first-and-foremost security. While you will (or certainly should) of course have some form of security system for your existing offices/premises, dedicated external storage facilities specialise in this matter and will likely have much more robust and secure systems in place.

Not only are such units completed sealed away at night, they tend to be covered extensively by CCTV systems, providing an extra measure of security throughout the vast majority of the site. While such systems are useful in catching any thieves and recovering your stolen items, they generally serve as more of a deterrent, meaning your safely stashed goods are unlikely to become a target in the first place.

Security doesn’t only apply to theft or damage by another individual however, and these facilities often come equipped with some pretty hefty fire and flood protection measures. Most storage centres for example will be fitted with sprinkler systems designed to isolate any fires that may occur and prevent them from spreading to other areas via the application of a chemically-treated solution, rather than just water. Sprinklers are not generally installed within the storage units themselves so as to prevent any damaged occurring to fragile items and valuables, but as these units are individually sealed they typically escape any major damage regardless, so long as the fire is contained.

The level of flood protection offered by a dedicated storage facility will heavily depend upon the location, as in some areas such protection is simply not needed. In areas prone to flooding however the facility’s operator will generally take measures against such eventualities. That being said, if flooding is a concern it is always advised to check with the operator regarding what protections are in place.

As stated a properly secured facility can serve a number of potential applications for your business, with perhaps one of the more useful being as a place to keep sensitive documents and back-ups. In the case of paper documents your main concern will likely be water damage, and so investing in a waterproof, airtight storage option will work wonders for their longevity. Even if you are not storing any records on paper as is often the case these days, electronic files should be backed up on external storage devices or hard drives and stashed safely away in case they’re ever needed. For this, external storage facilities are the ideal solution.

There is also value to be found in such facilities purely as a temporary location to store sensitive equipment or computers during an office refit, keeping valuable items away from harm while vital works are completed.

Not all businesses will require external storage, and whether or not you do will likely depend heavily upon the industry in which you are operating, but hopefully the above points have provided some food for thought, and perhaps a little clarity on the matter.

Sam Bonson

Sam is an aspiring novelist with a passion for fantasy and crime thrillers. He is currently working as a content writer, journalist & editor as he continues to expand his horizons.
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