Self-Storage Security

Self-storage customers are concerned about the safety of their goods in storage, and security has become a non-negotiable amenity at any self-storage facility. Most self-storage owners and operators invest in some form of access control including perimeter fencing, access gates and keypads. Others install security equipment and features including wireless door alarms, video surveillance, digital video recorders, motion-sensor beams, and site-graphics displays. More and more self-storage owners are exploring top-level security options such as biometrics and off-site monitoring. Crime prevention in self-storage is a burgeoning issue as more and more incidents of theft, arson and vandalism are reported every year.


  • Rewarding Your Tenants
    YOU ALREADY OFFER GREAT STORAGE AT COMPETITIVE PRICES. SO WHY IS YOUR NET REVENUE SO LOW? In prior columns, I have detailed several capital expenses that increase your closing ratios. In this issue, I talk about giveaways--memorable "tech" gadgets that convert your tenants ...More
    January 1, 2003 Doug Carner Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Package Deals
    Everyone loves package deals because they provide extraordinary value and a feeling people are getting a better deal than everyone else. A storage facility can purchase a package that includes an entry-access keypad, exit keypad, management software, real-time integration, ...More
    December 1, 2002 Doug Carner Posted in Articles, Technology
  • When the Alarm Sounds
    WHO WILL ARRIVE TO RESCUE YOUR SITE WHEN THIEVES BEGIN TO BREAK INTO STORAGE UNITS? What evidence can your security system provide for police detectives and insurance investigators? Can your security system defend your site and stop the criminal? A classic cliché states a ...More
    October 1, 2002 Doug Carner Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Increase Productivity Through Computer Networks
    What if your staff could simultaneously answer questions, process payments and perform tenant move-ins? What if you could manage your payment specials, change rental rates and modify company policies from one centralized location? The vast majority of self-storage ...More
    July 1, 2002 Doug Carner Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Get Organized With PDAs
    In the course of my business, I attend a lot of office and vendor meetings, during which the various attendees generally brandish their organizational "toys"--their PDAs, or personal data assistants. A few years ago, a PDA was little more than an electronic address book. ...More
    February 1, 2002 Douglas Carner Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Digital Recording
    Security cameras. You've seen them or, more correctly, they've seen you. Security has always been an important issue. Since Sept. 11, video security has become more significant than ever.Modern technology expands your options to resolve previously impossible situations. If ...More
    January 1, 2002 Doug Carner Posted in Articles, Technology
  • The Humanized Computer
    Those of you familiar with the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey will remember HAL 9000, the computer that was an interesting combination of trusted servant and omnipotent master. Although portrayed as ludicrously futuristic, the day of the HAL-9000 computer is rapidly ...More
    December 1, 2001 Doug Carner Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Protect Your PC
    Protect Your PC By Doug Carner This is part one of a special two-part TechTalk. It is a must-keep column for you to share with everyone you know who owns a personal computer running Windows software. It seems as though we read about a new "killer" computer virus ...More
    October 1, 2001 Doug Carner Posted in Articles, Technology
  • QuikStor Security & Software
    QuikStor Security & SoftwareEnterprise Suite: corporate office and management software QuikStor Security & Software, based in Sherman Oaks, Calif., is pleased to introduce its new Enterprise Suite corporate office and management software. Features of the package ...More
    September 1, 2001 Posted in Articles, Technology
  • QuikStor Mini-Storage Management Systems
    Product Focus QuikStor Mini-Storage Management Systems QuikStor is a Sherman Oaks, Calif.-based producer of self-storage management software for both DOS and Windows applications. Following is a highlight of the company's product offerings. Access Controls QuikStor's access ...More
    December 1, 1999 Posted in Articles, Technology