Criminals, like anyone else, would prefer to take the easier path. If they can see security measures they are less likely to target you. Some common hardware includes:
Gates – The best gates are either accessible via keypad or monitored by an employee.
Fencing – This is your first line of defense. You want something high, solid, and intimidating.
Access Control Keypads – Sentinel sells four different models based on your needs. A criminal would rather use a bolt cutter to clip through a lock then try to figure out a pin, but if you aren’t ready to make the investment avoid bolt locks in favor of disks.
Individual Door Alarms – These are a great deterrent, and with the alarms sold by Sentinel, managers can set up immediate notification of an attempted break in via SMS.
CCTV – Have your CCTV set up at the entrance of the lot so that customers, and criminals, can see the video. Visible security is one of the best preventative measures you can take.
Lights – Sentinel can help you automate your lighting systems to turn on at night and off during the day.
Software is essential for property management. It helps track finances, taxes, and empty units, but did you know it can also be useful for security purposes? If you find a company, like Sentinel, that has software and hardware integration you can use your software to set up automatic alerts whenever an alarm is triggered on your property.
Software also allows you to keep track of your customers over a long period of time. The majority of customers are honest but most storage lot crimes are perpetrated by them. If someone is caught doing something illegal on your lot, software will help you keep records preventing that person from purchasing a storage unit from you in the future.
3) Human Connection
Hardware and software are made significantly more effective when you add an actual person who knows how to use them.
Some human touches include:
● Checking to make sure every part of your unit is well lit and visible by camera.
● Having a system of policies and procedures in place, this could include checking CCTV at certain times every day, nightly walk-throughs, or specific hours when gates are in operation.
● Having a good relationship with local police.
● Keeping your lot physically clean.
Sentinel can help you find the right security measures for your lot and show you how to integrate hardware, software, and human connection.
If you do it right, the only things happening on your lot will be people filling units with stuff and stuff sitting safely inside those units. Save the drama for the soapies, when it comes to storage lockers, boring is better.