Welcome to Guardian Storage! Here at Guardian we have implemented a number of different security measures. Some of these measures, such as the H.D. security camera systems or the night-time security lighting, do not require any participation from you. However, there are also measures where we need your help to ensure that they are as effective as possible. Effective security depends upon having different layers of security measures that work together.

The first and most important layer is the locking system on your unit. We have done extensive research to find the best locksets available for self-storage units. Your unit is provided with two locks; the cylinder lock which is inserted into the latch and disklock which is placed on the hasp outside of the latch body. The cylinder lock features a disk-detainer mechanism; which works with a series of 21 disks, each of which has a different angle cut into it. The key must match each of these angles in order for the lock to rotate and release. This makes the lock extraordinarily more difficult to pick or tamper with (this system is different from the standard pin-tumbler system and is normally only found in very high-end, high-security locksets). Unlike the padlocks that are normally used at storage facilities, cylinder locks cannot be cut or ground off and the steel disks in the locking mechanism makes the lock very difficult to drill out. The disklock employs a 7-pin tubular locking mechanism (the standard number of pins is 5), making the lock difficult to pick, while the shielded hasp makes cutting the lock difficult. Because both locks use different locking mechanisms and different physical structures, different methods would have to be used to attempt to break-into them, which increases your level of security.

If you have an indoor unit, your hallway is protected by at least one locking door. To prevent people from being accidentally locked out, these doors do not relock automatically; you must be sure to relock the door yourself. This serves not only as another physical barrier against outside intruders, but because each section has a different key, it prevents tenants or guests in one area from entering into any other section of the facility. Keeping your hall doors locked is critical to maintaining access control.

All units are equipped with a motion-sensor that monitors door activity. The motion-sensor communicates with a central computer. When you enter the facility, you enter your access code in the keypad at the entrance. If your unit is behind the gate, this serves to open the gate but also to inform the computer that when you open your door that everything is O.K. If you do not, an alarm is triggered. Therefore, it is necessary that you enter your code even if the gate is already open or if the door is already open in the extended-hours area. The extended-hours area has area motion-sensors in the hallways that are shunted when you enter your code. When you exit, using your code rearms the motion sensors on your unit and in the halls in the extended-hours areas.

Please report any suspicious activities to the office. If someone else claims to be a tenant and asks you to unlock a hall door or to use your code to allow them through the gate, always refuse. Your keys and code are for your access alone. Everyone has been issued their own keys and access codes and it is their responsibility to have them when they come on-site. Giving strangers access endangers facility security.

Safety Procedures:

~ Enter your access code.

~ Never unlock doors or use your gate access code for other people.
~ Keep doors locked when not in use.
~ Relock your unit with both the cylinder and the disklock after accessing your unit.
~ Turn off hall lights.
~ Relock hall doors and check them.
~ Use your access code when leaving.