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5 Features That Save Space and Control Budgets for Evidence Storage

Police stations are often working with limited space and small budgets, making it essential for them to invest in evidence storage solutions that will maximize their square footage and last beyond the next budget year.

To best meet the unique requirements of evidence storage, it’s important to understand what to look for when specifying. Security is always important, but so is square footage, as evidence collections always grow over time.

Here’s a list of six key features every evidence storage solution should have when you need to save space and stay within budget.

Adds storage to your existing space. Well-designed products can add more storage area while staying within your existing space. If your evidence is outgrowing your evidence room, there are a number of high-density storage solutions that can help you store more items in the same space by condensing storage and limiting access to items one aisle at a time. In some cases, a high-density system can as much as double existing storage space.

Can expand without starting over. If you’re buying new storage, select shelving and products that can grow into a larger storage system.  It’s unlikely that your evidence storage needs will shrink, so choose a system you know will be able to expand over time without a requiring a reinvestment in items you already have.

Makes use of your existing shelves and containers. If you’re ready to make the move to a high-density storage system, choose one that can accommodate the shelving or other containers you already have to reduce costs.

Provides security options. Security is always a factor in evidence storage, so look for a system that has locking options that work for your needs and setup. Depending on the nature of the evidence you’re storing, you may need to restrict access. Traditional storage shelving can be locked inside a secured room, but with a high-density system, that level of security can also be achieved by controlling access to the system’s open aisle and closing and locking all system aisles when it’s not in use.

Heavy-duty steel construction. Steel can stand up to long-term daily use and a heavier gauge will help ensure doors, drawers, and shelves won’t bend and warp over time. Steel also provides a high degree of security, protecting important evidence items stored inside.

Evidence storage has many requirements and special considerations, and its use of space plays a large part in efficiency and budget management. To choose the best storage solutions for your evidence storage needs, talk to an experienced storage system manufacturer or contact a reputable storage system dealer in your area.

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