how to leave your site over christmas & new year

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How to leave your site over Christmas & New YearSorry to use the "C” word in November, but with most businesses having already planned their closures over the festive period, we thought we’d give you a heads up on how to leave your self-storage site with minimal or no staff present.

 

Switch off electricity and water supplies

 

If you can (and you have access, of course) leaving electricity and water supplies isolated and off reduces the chances of anything inadvertently being left switched on for upwards of a week or more. At best you can expect to return to a large bill and at worst you could come back to flood damage. People are rushing to get home for the holidays so ensure you make a good sweep of your premises before you leave.

 

Leave storage or working areas tidy

 

This may seem a little excessive (particularly when working outdoors) but can be vital in preventing damage and reducing the risk of fire, for example.

A slight draft can cause items to move and you could end up with a call out from your alarm company to tell you to check on your self-storage site. Similarly, in the event of a fire, the tidier a place is left, the less chance there is of it catching across other areas. The festive period is also a great excuse to start a spring clean early and get rid of anything that you won’t need in the New Year. Why wait for Spring to start a "Spring clean”?

 

Hide anything that could be perceived as being valuable

 

More often than not robberies are performed by opportunists. They are passing by and see something in a window or on a closed site that they think could be valuable.

Using dust sheets or other covers for valuables is a great place to start. Out of sight is out of mind, particularly true for opportunists. Don’t advertise what you have that’s worth stealing. You wouldn’t leave your wallet on show in a locked car so use that same logic. Move anything of value away from windows where you can, and cover it up if you can’t.

Keep it locked, keep CCTV on and keep your site alarmed

We’re sure you do these things every day in any case, but it’s especially important to make sure your security routine is checked before you leave for the Christmas break. Not only will this save you any headaches with your insurance company should the worst happen and you do get broken in to, but a locked site is much less likely to be targeted in the first place. Visible security measures are a real deterrent for would-be thieves.

 

Final thoughts

 

Common sense is key here. Check your site and then check it again. An extra 20 minutes before you leave could save you time and hassle in the long run. We hope you have a relaxing and peaceful festive period and if you are in need of any advice or guidance on self-storage design contact us to start a conversation.