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Is Physical Storage Safer than Digital?

by Kim Kilpatrick June 1, 2010 9:43 AM
When it comes to information and images, it almost goes without saying, for most people, that digital storage must be safer than relying on a physical copy. After all, digital copies can be backed up almost instantly, with several copies stored in different locations. If you are worried about losing information, having several digital copies of it seems like the safest thing to do.

What if, however, you are not worried about losing information, but are instead worried about keeping private information private?

It’s starting to become clear that hard paper copies, although they are vulnerable to destruction or to getting accidentally lost or thrown away, are more secure when it comes to guarding private information such as physical home addresses, financial information and identification numbers, and medical records. Putting archived hard copies of medical records and other private information in secure physical facilities, such as self storage units, where they can be kept safe behind fences and gates that can only be accessed in front of security cameras and using biometric technology, may be the only way to keep private information safe. [More]

Alabama Facility Offers Free Storage to Domestic Violence Survivors

by Holly Robinson May 3, 2010 8:52 AM
SmithStoreit, a self storage facility in Huntsville, Alabama, announced Friday that it will donate 30 units to local survivors of domestic violence. Each unit will be used to provide three months of free storage at a time for a domestic violence survivor. Storage can be an important part of a battered woman's escape plan for leaving a dangerous relationship. Often, women plan their departures for months before they actually leave an abusive partner. They may need to slowly and gradually accumulate possessions in a storage unit, so that when the time comes, they can leave quickly without having to pack.

Self storage units are not expensive, but domestic violence survivors often fear retaliation from their former partners. They may need to know that they are not creating a paper trail (in the form of bills or credit card statements) that could lead abusive ex-partners to find them. Moreover, in many cases survivors of domestic violence cannot afford even the small monthly rental fee for a self storage unit. Having a free self storage unit solves these problems. Using a storage unit also means that survivors need not impose on family and friends, which can be important -- survivors may not want to be traced through family and friends, and also may be concerned about the possibility of placing family and friends at risk. [More]

Christie's Auction House Opens Art Storage Facility

by John Stevens April 26, 2010 1:45 PM
Christie's, the internationally famous art auction house, is expanding into the storage business. A Christie's subsidiary, Christie's Fine Art Storage Services (CFASS), has bought a 100-year-old Brooklyn, New York factory that it will convert into a high-security, climate-controlled fine art storage facility. The new fine arts storage facility, located in Brooklyn's Red Hook waterfront neighborhood, will open in June.

In addition to fine art, the new facility will be used to store antiques and other special high-end collectible items. The former factory has about 235,000 square feet of storage space. The space can be custom-designed to accommodate any size collectible, from a small photograph up to a vintage car. [More]

Self Storage Facilities Add to Growing Green Trend with Rooftop Solar Panels

by Kim Kilpatrick April 26, 2010 10:23 AM
Two self storage facilities in the northeastern United States have jumped onto the renewable energy bandwagon, adding rooftop solar panels to offset some of their electricity bills. In the last week, Thornwood Self Storage of Thornwood, New York, and English Creek Self Storage of Egg Harbor, New Jersey, have both added solar panels. [More]

Convenience Stores Add Self Storage Services

by John Stevens April 21, 2010 10:45 PM
Many self storage facility owners have managed to cope with the changing economy by expanding their services. Some facilities have begun to offer related services, such as specialized storage (including wine storage, for example), moving services, retail stores that offer packing materials, and truck rentals. Self storage facilities in some areas have also expanded by adding post offices or delivery services such as FedEx or UPS, conference rooms, Internet access in various forms, and coffee vendors. Now some non-storage-related businesses are using the same strategy, expanding the services that they offer in order to bring in more business. Some convenience store owners, not satisfied with branching out into selling gasoline and adding lunch counters and coffee bars, are also adding self storage facilities. [More]

A-Verdi Storage Containers Continues to Support ASCS Patriots

by Tony Gonzalez April 8, 2010 2:59 PM
For the fourth year in a row, A-Verdi Storage Containers, of Savannah, New York, will support the American Sprint Car Series (ASCS) Patriot Tour. ASCS races are held all over the United States and Canada. A-Verdi, which is located in upstate New York, will sponsor a series of races in upstate New York. [More]

Real Estate Investors Snapping Up Self Storage Deals

by Tony Gonzalez April 1, 2010 4:31 PM
Several self storage real estate transactions have been in the news this week as the market for self storage facilities steadily improves.

Highway 79 Super Storage of Temecula, California, was sold this week for 93 percent of its asking price. The final sale, which was brokered by Marcus & Millichap, was for seven million dollars. The buyers and sellers were represented by Nick Walker and Michelle Watson, of Marcus & Millichap’s National Self Storage Group, and by Jake Steele and Andy Glinski, from its Special Assets Group. [More]

New York Legislature Considers Self Storage Insurance Bill

by John Stevens April 1, 2010 4:26 PM
New York State Senator Neil Breslin has introduced a bill authorizing New York state self-storage operators to offer pay-with-rent insurance plans to their tenants. The bill has been sent to the Senate’s Insurance Committee for consideration. Similar laws have so far been passed in 10 states, including California, Florida, Illinois, Texas, and Washington. Currently, according to research reported by Inside Self-Storage last March, more than 70 percent of self storage operators nationwide do not offer tenant insurance. Many of those who do offer insurance do so simply by handing tenants a brochure that refers them to an insurance company offering a mail-in tenant insurance plan. [More]

Self-Storage Zoning Laws Changing Across U.S.

by Holly Robinson March 11, 2010 5:12 PM
Many towns in rural and suburban America are changing their zoning laws to make it possible for new self-storage businesses to be constructed. Recent changes in zoning laws that affect self-storage firms include the following:

In Richardson, Texas, the City Council changed the zoning laws to allow for "temporary" self-storage businesses in some commercial districts. The council classified this use of city land as a "secondary use" and proceeded to approve a special permit for one such business, to be located in a local shopping center. In Richardson, to meet the new zoning requirements, a self-storage business may not take up one whole building -- it must be less than half the total size of the building it is located in, and, no matter what size the building is, the self-storage business may take up no more than 20,000 square feet. [More]

Local Government Agencies Face Storage Crises

by Winnie Hsiu February 22, 2010 9:49 AM
Storage is becoming a problem for local government in many parts of the U.S. In the last week, several local government storage problems were reported in the media:

In Gaylord, Minnesota, the Sibley County Sheriff's office is considering building its own storage shed to store equipment and vehicles for the Sheriff's Office and the Environmental Services Department....The Sheriff's Office in Santa Rosa County, Florida, bought a mobile command unit and disaster response trailer shortly after Hurricane Ivan passed through in 2004. Initially, Terhaar & Cronley Property Co, the owner of a vacant warehouse, donated the warehouse to be used for storage of the new equipment. But it is becoming difficult for Terhaar & Cronley to pay the property taxes....In Ozark, Missouri, the Christian County Library has run out of space for its books. The library has pulled more than 1,500 books off its shelves and put them into storage....The Franklin County Courthouse renovation, in Malone, New York, is causing an embarrassing storage problem for courthouse officials: the installation of advanced technology has caused the temperature in the courthouse records center to escalate up to anywhere from 113 to 121 degrees.... [More]
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