Self-storage has long been a target for thieves looking to cash in on whatever resides within our many units. But the pandemic and unstable economy have led to an increase in break-ins at many facilities, forcing operators to beef up their security measures. Criminals can sometimes find their way past fencing, gates, lights and even cameras, so what they find at the door can be critical; but even locks and latches aren’t always a deterrent. What’s an owner or manager to do next?
In this thread on Self-Storage Talk, the industry’s largest online community, members are discussing their experience—and sometimes frustration—working with law enforcement to investigate criminal activity. They’re also sharing how they keep their sites safe, including security components and tools that help reduce theft. What’s happening at your storage property? Is crime on the rise, and what are you doing to combat it?