You cannot adequately protect your investment without the proper security and access control system in place. If you have taken the time and spent the money to purchase or build a storage facility, your business is likely of the utmost importance. The success of your facility is vital and having top of the line security is not optional, it is a must.
In 2015 alone, property crimes resulted in $14.3 billion in losses and many of the victims of those offenses were small businesses. In the world of self storage, tenant and business insurance help mitigate losses from break-ins. However, before you underestimate the role of security in protecting your investment, consider what cannot be replaced. For many storage owners victimized by theft and vandalism, the losses may not be tangible but they do have an impact on the business.
Loss of reputation and sense of safety are nearly impossible to restore once put in jeopardy. Your customers are not storing meaningless possessions; they are storing childhood memories, family heirlooms and 4-wheel drive toys they cherish. People are emotionally connected to their belongings and it should come as no surprise that when robberies occur, communities and local media blame facility owners for not taking proper security precautions.
The good news is, deterring crime at your site is relatively inexpensive and painless. If you are building a new facility or renovating one you have purchased, an integrated security system will help keep your business and your reputation safe. A true security solution will include keypads, a controller, security software, mobile apps, video surveillance and a way to secure individual units using door alarms or internal electronic locks.
Whether you are building or purchasing a self storage facility, security should be your priority. Everything else you do is important, but nothing is more important than the safety and security of you, your employees, your tenants and your business. Protect your investment with an integrated security system.