Choosing a Self-Storage Security Vendor

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Many variables can be considered when designing a security system for your self-storage facility. It's an art to balance what is functional, marketable and easy to use when talking about these systems. Finding what's right is often more work than people realize.

It’s important that you start searching for a reputable security vendor early in the building process. By the time it nears completion, you may not have the resources to properly secure the site you invested so much time and money into.

Uncover Your Needs

Identifying available security options will take the most time, but it is also the most important activity you will undertake. Doing your homework and understanding how a security system works allows you to ask educated questions of potential vendors.

Start by visiting your local competitors to gain a better understanding of what’s offered in your area. If another facility is equipped with door alarms and yours is not, can you offer the same amount of security? Or maybe they have 24-hour access. Will this be more convenient for your renters? These are things you need to address to be competitive.

Attending a tradeshow is another great way for you to learn about the different security components available. Tradeshows also present an opportunity to talk to industry experts and ask for recommendations.

Your facility’s security is part perception, part functionality. What you offer your customer should be something to attract renters and draw the type that does not mind paying a few extra dollars to secure a unit at a state-of-the-art property. If having a gate that requires renters to use an entry and exit code sends a troublemaker somewhere else, then your system has just paid a silent dividend. The same holds true for individual door alarms, site graphics and closed-circuit TV solutions.

It’s important to choose components that make the most sense for your facility. Don’t go overboard on technology to secure your facility if it isn’t necessary for your area—or won’t be used. You want to ensure that your security system is easy for your facility manager to operate, and almost completely automatic. Choosing this type of system allows your manager to do his job: rent units and serve customers. Balance what will help you secure and market your facility with what is really necessary.

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