Much has been said and written about security for self-storage. There are numerous considerations for correctly securing your facility, so it’s important to form a strategy, not only to protect your tenants and their belongings, but for the overall look and feel of your site. Call it a “security philosophy,” if you will. Studying the components and how they fit together will help maximize the return on your budget and ensure you get the system right the first time.
Analyzing the individual components is crucial to a security plan. There are many elements to self-storage security, but the key to a successful program is recognizing how the pieces fit together. Keep that in mind as you review the available choices.
Security components will influence the design of your site, so you need to do much of the research and decision-making before you move any dirt. For example, security will be affected by how you lay out your buildings. Planning sight lines so you have visibility to units from the office is a low-cost way to present a deterrent to crime.
Another design component is hallways. Some converted and multi-story buildings warrant more of them, which means you need more security cameras and lighting and possibly more access control.
Let’s take a look at system components, beginning with the basics and moving on to more sophisticated tools. Your overall goal should be to create a visibly secure and pleasant environment that reassures renters, encourages prospects to rent with you and discourages wrongdoers.