• Installing Security Systems
    In my 17 years of doing security systems, I see one prevailing problem: People decide to cut corners during installation. Security requirements are no different than any other electrical system—fail to follow the basic rules and the results could be shocking. Throughout ...More
    June 1, 2006 Chester Gilliam Posted in Articles
  • The North-Central Corridor
    This month, I gathered real estate experts to discuss self-storage in the North Central United States. Let’s hear what our local experts have to say about their respective cities and regions. Our panel includes: Larry Goldman, Prudential CRES Commercial Real Estate, Kansas ...More
    June 1, 2006 Michael L. McCune Posted in Articles
  • Security and Management Software
    In the early days, self-storage security relied on chain-link fences and padlocks. Management “software” was limited to a pad of paper and pencil. How things have changed! ...More
    June 1, 2006 Randy Fountain and Tony Gardner Posted in Articles, Technology
  • You’re Being Robbed!
    Every moment a U.S. merchant is robbed via electronic payment systems—totaling $3 billion per week. What’s a merchant to do? First, we must define and understand the problem. Three types of fraud afflict merchants using electronic payment systems: 1. Internal fraud, or ...More
    June 1, 2006 Ross Federgreen Posted in Articles, Finance
  • Escaping Security Nightmares
    Choosing a security vendor with a proven track record and experience installing specialized systems can make the difference between a smooth-running facility and an ongoing maintenance nightmare. Storage security and access-control systems are complex and require intricate ...More
    June 1, 2006 Robert Nattenberg Posted in Articles
  • Reno Rocks! The Biggest, Little City in the World
    It’s not all glamour, glitz and gambling. The town known as the Biggest Little City in the World offers visitors of all ages an array of entertainment outside the casino and convention hall. Blending the best of both worlds, Inside Self-Storage selected Reno, Nev., as its ...More
    June 1, 2006 Elaine Foxwell Posted in Articles
  • Operation Security
    Self-storage folks have unique security needs compared to car washing. Here you are, charged with the protection of your clients’ goods. You have to run your operation like a fort: No one can get in unless they have the magic password! Even if they know the magic code, you ...More
    June 1, 2006 Fred Grauer Posted in Articles
  • Eliminate 'What Ifs' With Security
    I went to college on the opposite side of the country from my hometown. In the summertime, I’d rent a small storage unit for my meager possessions. Sometime between by junior and senior years, I returned to the 5-by-5 only to find my belongings had been pilfered. My first ...More
    June 1, 2006 Drew G. Whitney Posted in Articles
  • Extra Space to Present at 2006 NAREIT Investor Forum
    Kenneth M. Woolley of Extra Space Storage Inc. will present an overview of the company at the 2006 NAREIT Investor Forum on June 7. ...More
    May 31, 2006 Posted in News, Real Estate
  • Heavenly Storage?
    It's not often you see self-storage all rolled up in a neat little package with religion, but a post in today's East Texas Review Gospel News makes an interesting little connection: We don't need to store things on earth because if you're a "good Christian," you're "laying ...More
    May 31, 2006 Teri Lanza Posted in Blog