Have you ever wondered what the rules are for storing your items in one of those professional storing facilities? You see them all the time as you drive to work. People seem to use them for car storage , parking RVs and boats. And whats more, those large mysterious doors leave your imagination to run wild as you ponder what could be behind them.
Perhaps a car collector has hidden his completely restored classic hot rod in his car storage lot. Maybe a stamp collector has rented a hundred square feet of climate controlled air to keep his hobby secure. Perhaps some vandals are hiding stolen loot. What if the answer to the citys latest crime wave lies dormant behind that big roll up door?
At the thought of that, your mind begins to trail down more criminal paths and you wonder just what is not allowed in those places.
To put your mind at ease, there is a long list of things one may not store and there are precautions to guard against unsafe storing conditions. Items that are not eligible for storing may include, but are not limited to the following.
Your insect collection
Pets or any living animals, you get the idea.
Deceased dogs, cats, pets or any formerly-living animals, you get the idea.
Containers of perishable food
Old jalopies or broken cars for car storage , the place is not a junk yard.
Gasoline, as tempting as it would be to stock up while gas is still as cheap as 4 dollars per gallon.
Acidic chemicals which may cause harm to the structure or air quality.
Fireworks, the sale after the Fourth Of July cannot be stored in a 5×5 locker, it is hazardous!
Immensely valuable jewels, these are better under the safe guard of a safety deposit box.
Cold, hard cash, also better kept in the bank or deposit box.
Bio-hazardous waste materials
Stolen cars in need of a good car storage hideout
Chop shop parts taken from stolen cars
Legal vegetation, no living plant life
Illegal vegetation, no living or dried plant life
Illegal Drugs, however legal pharmaceutical reps often store inventory in such a facility.
Other people (living or deceased)
Human body parts, although there was a horror story circling the news a year ago about a man who lost the contents of this store room in an auctions due to non-payment. His severed leg was among the contents of the unit.
Extremely valuable collections, it is a financial risk if you lose the contents in an accident on the premises. Purchasing insurance to cover the risk is ideal.
Evidence from a legal investigation
Items that exceed the weight limit. If your unit is not on the ground floor, you may put the facility at structural risk. Believe it or not, there was a story earlier this year of a facility in Brooklyn, New York that partially collapsed due to a unit where an enormous amount of chopsticks were stored. The wooden utensils became like 10 tons of bricks and fell through the floor.
Many people were affected in the surrounding units and the city had to use forks for a month.
As you can see, your imagination can run wild as to what you or others might want to hide away in a store room or car storage lots. Unfortunately for criminal minds, the storing industry has already safeguarded against illegal actions occurring on their property. Many urban facilities have limited access hours and all of them are locked behind a security gate for each tenant to enter a PIN number.