4 Keys to Choosing the Right Access Control Security for Your Storage Facility
When discussing self-storage security, the subject of theft or arson usually comes up. In the vast majority of cases, a criminal will try their hardest to get away with something illegal, and your seemingly secure self-storage unit can be their primary target. In some cases, the crime may be relatively minor, such as a tenant storing some food that is illegal in their country or city of residence. In other instances, the crime may be more severe, such as criminals performing illegal activities in the unit (i.e., drug dealing, prostitution), or people actually squatting in the storage space.
Be aware that if you are the owner of a storage compound, then you are wholly responsible for the safety of your renters and managers as well as their respective possessions. By implementing the most state of the art security technology on the market, you will have an edge over your myriad of competitors, and the superior tech can be leveraged to garner more sales.
At the end of the day, your renters want a self-storage unit that is not only secure but also sanitary, and it is your responsibility to ensure that their most prized possessions remain safe and in pristine condition. Here, we break down the 4 primary steps to choosing the right access control security for your storage facility so that dire mistakes can be avoided.
1. Understand your renters’ needs
The first step you need to take before deciding on which access control system to go with is to understand the actual needs of your renters. The location where your storage compound is situated in may require specific security measures. Furthermore, if you are charging above market rates for your services, then your renters will naturally expect the absolute best system on the market in order to justify the added costs. Also, as mentioned earlier, having cutting edge technology will give you a leg up on your competitors and will make your renters feel secure.
In any event, it is highly recommended that you take the time to talk to your renters in order to better assess their unique needs and concerns. Once you have found out what their specific security concerns are, address them as soon as possible to put their minds at ease. You should also ask them what their security preferences are without naturally assuming. That is, you may discover that they prefer a conventional keypad for access over an app-based feature for identification purposes.
2. Perform an assessment of your compound
Each property is unique in its own right and has its own specific security issues. For instance, if your compound is located in a remote area then your biggest security concern may be thieves breaking into the compound and getting away with theft before any of the distant neighbors find out. Or, if your facility was constructed in a densely urban area then your biggest security concern may be facility tailgating or vandalism.
As such, you should take the time to determine any weak spots in and around the facility; such as tall trees that can make it easy for thieves to break into your compound without being seen. Being located near an interstate, highway, or major retail outlet can also cause unique security issues.
3. Take relevant security measures
Once you’ve made a thorough assessment of your property, you may want to consider implementing a plethora of different security measures. For instance, you may want to include weather-resistant keypads, sturdy fencing, 24/7 CCTV video monitoring, SMS alerts for your tenants and Bluetooth-enabled unit locks. In addition, depending on the location and the preference of your tenants, you may also need to include remote monitoring of the compound, as well as a mobile app for gate access, electronic door locks, elevator security controls, and individual door alarms.
It is important to remember that people other than your tenants will also require access to your facility from time to time, such as contractors, property managers, groundskeepers, and maintenance workers. As a result, you need to implement measures that make it easy to track who leaves and enters the compound in your access control system. It also wouldn’t hurt to talk to your neighbors and determine what their main security issues are, whether they be storage or non-storage related.
4. Keep an Open Mind During the Research Phase
Some say that “old is gold,” but the adage doesn’t necessarily hold true when it comes to technology. The good news is that there have been major technological advancements in the self-storage industry over the last few years. For instance, the DaVinci Lock provides a more cost-effective means to automate overlocking, while infrared technology allows for state of the art individual unit controls.
A good place to start your search is by attending a local industry conference or workshop. The educational sessions they provide can be quite useful, and you will also have the opportunity to mingle with a bevy of real estate investors with similar goals. As an added bonus, you can enjoy some freebie tech while also having the privilege of checking out the latest and greatest self-storage security tech in person.
At the end of the day, performing sufficient research will allow you to make informed decisions that will benefit you and your tenants. Whether you go with a simple and cost-effective system or a top of the line security system with all the bells and whistles, the only way to determine what works best for you and your tenants is to perform the necessary research beforehand.
In sum, choosing the right features for your compound’s access control security system can be a daunting task, but it is a task that must be performed studiously and methodically to ensure that your renters and their most valued items are secure. Network, research, and inquire in order to devise a custom tailored system that directly addresses your primary security concerns.
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