Storage facility security is not only a practical necessity, it is also an important part of marketing, as security is what sells a location to consumers. Facilities that use high-tech, innovative methods for monitoring and protecting property will be the ones in high demand. 3Sixty Integrated can provide the physical security infrastructure needed to establish your facility as a trustworthy one. Integrated access control, video surveillance, and intrusion protection coupled with unique automated software will help to ensure your customers’ satisfaction while giving you an edge over the competition.
Issues with Monitoring Storage Facilities
Storage facilities are designed to be turnkey. Whether they’re simple drive-up units or climate controlled multi-story buildings, their use is self-directed by the consumer. While it’s possible for these facilities to operate with minimal staff, this also leaves room for security breaches due to:
- Multiple points of entry. Storage facilities can span acres and house hundreds of separate structures. A primary gate keeps unauthorized individuals off the lot, but there may be various internal and external entries which aren’t as closely guarded.
- Open access hours. Most consumers want a facility where they can access their unit at any time. This primary selling point also creates a security risk unless there is 24/7 security personnel on the premises, or monitoring and security cameras.
- Liability for consumer belongings. You aren’t usually liable for third-party theft of consumer items. However, if there was a hole in your security, you may lose that protection. If the consumer can show you failed to fix a known security issue, you could be on the hook for their losses.
- Low traffic locations. As property is more abundant and less costly in out-of-the-way, low traffic areas, most storage facilities choose these locations. This isolation creates risk as trespassers can breach fences or gates without being noticed.
- High value / low-risk target. Thieves target storage facilities because they know units contain valuable items. The risk of being caught is minimal, as facilities are large, isolated and often unmanned.
Adding patrolling security guards or a front desk manager may reduce risks, but the cost is higher in the long run. 3Sixty Integrated’s storage facility solutions enhance security through technology, rather than staffing, and is a more cost-effective option.
3Sixty’s Storage Facility Solutions
3Sixty Integrated looks for ways to increase your storage facility’s protection while minimizing the need for additional human oversight. Our enterprise security engineers create comprehensive blueprints with a focus on integrating common security systems, to include:
Video surveillance and intrusion protection
When you can’t have staff on the premises, video surveillance can be your eyes. High-quality footage via IP cameras allows you to check the site from anywhere. Meanwhile, our intrusion protection will alert you to issues in restricted areas while minimizing false alarms.
Access control and credentials
Access control and credential management are critical pieces of storage security infrastructure. Diverse permissions can be established to give individuals the exact level of access they need, whether it’s to a full facility or a single unit. Mobile credentials are particularly useful as they eliminate the potential cost and inconvenience of replacing lost or stolen cards.
Automated security software like SiteOwl
Revenue in the self-storage industry is expected to reach $33 billion by 2021, so many facilities want to expand. 3Sixty Integrated can support that expansion by providing scalable systems that grow with your business. We can also offer a full review to determine where your biggest security opportunities lie. For more information, call (210) 504-1731 or fill out our contact form.