Safety plays a role in whether customers choose one storage company over another. Build a positive relationship with your customers and boost reviews by preventing situations like break-ins and theft. Incorporating protocols for self-storage security protects your property and customer belongings, showing you’re a trustworthy facility.
Here are five ways to do so:
1. Property Fencing
A fence creates a secured self-storage facility to prevent or limit incidents. The type of fence you install at your facility depends on whether you offer outdoor parking for boats, RVs, cars or motorcycles. Consider installing climb-resistant fencing with razor wire and cut-resistant mesh in high-crime areas or if your property contains expensive vehicles.
2. Lighting and Motion Sensors
Bright lights in unit driveways and parking lots provide an essential security element for self-storage facilities. Motion sensor lights startle burglars and draw attention, making it challenging to hide illegal activity. Invest in LED bulbs for your building exteriors to save money on your bills and extend your lighting’s life span.
3. Security Cameras and Video Monitoring
Video surveillance offers one of the most critical elements for safe and secure self-storage buildings. Various options and styles allow you to deter crime and monitor activity on-site with the ability to zoom, pan and tilt angles for an optimized view. As one of the best options, a wireless internet protocol (IP) camera system provides instant notifications if a movement occurs and allows you to see a live view of what’s happening from an app on your phone.
4. Keypads and Access Control Hardware
Control hardware consists of a keypad to open a gate when someone types the correct code. Some advanced systems pair with software to automatically deny access to specific visitors, allowing you to lock out tenants who haven’t paid rent or aren’t allowed on the property. Information like entry history and current individuals on-site provides a way to evaluate your facility’s security at any time.
5. Unit Alarms and Electronic Door Locks
Burglars may be able to access your property in various scenarios. Individual unit alarms can act as another layer of protection for secured self-storage with a required code to access units. An alarm can go off if someone manually tries to open the unit or if the monitoring system detects a person’s body heat after hours.
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