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Video Surveillance for Self-Storage: Modern-Day Considerations for Building a Camera System

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Advanced Camera and DVR Abilities

If you want to expand the above DVR features and have even more control over your facility, consider a pan, tilt, zoom (PTZ) camera. The price of these cameras has dropped significantly over the years. These enable you to track tenant or manager activities around the facility. Most PTZ cameras can be controlled directly from the DVR software in the facility office or even remotely. When not actively controlling the camera, you can set up "tours" the camera will follow to ensure it’s always patrolling the grounds. A few strategic PTZ cameras can be just as effective—if not more so—as a dozen stationary cameras.

A pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) camera.

When you couple all the new DVR features with high-resolution cameras, you can create a powerful, integrated solution that will enable you to provide a safe environment for tenants and their belongings, in addition to staying on top of the daily operation of the facility. Increased security—real and perceived—should also allow you to increase rental rates due to the added value and safety at your facility.

Video surveillance has evolved considerably over the years, both in the sophistication of the cameras and what they connect to; however, the basic need for monitoring events has stayed the same. The modern systems available today allow for a more complete and integrated solution, enabling owners, either onsite or around the world, to actually see and hear what’s happening at their facility at the touch of a button. Is it time to upgrade your video-surveillance system?

Tony Gardner is vice president of QuikStor Security & Software, a one-stop-shop for security and software products in the self-storage industry since 1987. For more information call 800.321.1987; visit

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