• The Future of Access Control
    When choosing a self-storage facility, prospective customers review a number of features and options. For most, the final decision is not only influenced by rental rates. Especially during recent times, security is paramount. Knowing this, self-storage facility managers and ...More
    June 1, 2003 Doug Luciani Posted in Articles
  • European Self-Storage: Climb on the Bandwagon
    In 1999, studies revealed that for the European self-storage market to reach a facility-saturation rate equal to just 50 percent of that in the United States, 18,865 self-storage facilities needed to be built in Europe within 20 years. This means building 2.6 facilities a ...More
    June 1, 2003 Cesara Carcano Posted in Articles, Development
  • Computer Input and Output
    Keyboards, mice, printers... It's not exactly riveting dinner conversation, is it? Au contraire! New technological products on the market include keyboards that reduce hand fatigue, read driver's licenses and credit cards, or have an integrated trackball. Wireless ...More
    June 1, 2003 Doug Carner Posted in Articles, Technology
  • The ABCs of Video Surveillance
    It's 2 a.m. Your storage site is closed and your manager is asleep. At one end of the property, an intruder has climbed your fence. Before he can reach the first unit, a siren sounds, floodlights illuminate, an armed response is on its way, and a video record of the entire ...More
    June 1, 2003 Doug Carner Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Gates and Perimeter Fencing
    Gates and perimeter fencing are some of the most important components of a well-designed self-storage site. In most cases, they are the first things your drive-by customer will see and, therefore, make an impression. When used correctly, they add beauty and attract the eye ...More
    June 1, 2003 John Fogg Posted in Articles
  • Employee Dishonesty
    Most storage owners would like to think their employees are loyal, trustworthy, honest and dedicated to the self-storage business. Unfortunately, temptation, greed, social issues and financial pressure can put some in a position to potentially betray their employers. Even ...More
    June 1, 2003 Amy Brown Posted in Articles
  • Managers' Social Clubs
    I want to tell you about a great concept recently shared with me by the manager of a self-storage facility in the Moreno Valley of Southern California. This unusual philosophy of management has helped keep all the facilities in the area full and otherwise successful. The ...More
    June 1, 2003 Pamela Alton Posted in Articles
  • Security Works in an Unwired World
    Cartoon detective Dick Tracy relied on instantaneous wireless communication to stay in touch with headquarters in his endeavors to thwart criminals. Chester Gould, the cartoon's creator, had a penchant for innovative crime-fighting tools, the most famous of which was ...More
    June 1, 2003 Steve Cooper Posted in Articles, Technology
  • The Deep South
    This month, I gathered a roundtable of experts to discuss the state of self-storage in the southern United States. Let's hear what local experts have to say about their respective cities and regions. Our panel of brokers includes: C. William Barnhill, Omega Properties, ...More
    June 1, 2003 Michael L. McCune Posted in Articles, Finance
  • Installation: Word of Warning
    In the wake of the fire that took place Feb. 20 at the Station Night Club in W. Warwick, R.I., taking 99 lives and causing injury to nearly 200, I would like to point out some facts related to the event. This tragedy has a direct correlation to the self-storage industry, ...More
    June 1, 2003 Al Costantino Posted in Articles