As a self-storage operator, or any commercial property owner for that matter, you will deal with illegal activities at some point. Your property can be a target for crime, whether it’s trespassers, vandals or thieves. Then there are extreme cases like this one: a body was found in an unlocked unit at a self-storage facility in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Police estimate the unidentified man had been inside for a day before he was found. A nearby business owner has been frustrated with the homeless situation. Because of its proximity to a busy thoroughfare, the storage facility is a frequent haven for homeless people and this has had a negative impact on the neighboring establishments.
As is the case with any retail business, loiterers and panhandlers can keep customers away, which ultimately results in lost revenue. For self-storage operators, homeless people create another problem: live-in renters. Some move in to escape harsh weather. Others may do it because the rental rates are cheaper than an apartment. Whatever the case, not only is living in a storage unit illegal, it can be dangerous. In Austin, Texas, a nonprofit agency for veterans lost $2,000 worth of donated equipment when urine from homeless people seeped into their storage unit.
So, how can you help keep unwanted visitors away from your property? Live video monitoring is a cost-effective method to help protect your facility, customers’ possessions and your liability exposure. Stealth Monitoring’s proactive security solution combines video analytics with human intelligence to watch for activities in real time. Our trained operators can watch for break-ins and people taking up residence in units, then activate speaker warnings, contact property managers or call local police.
Not only does our remote video monitoring help protect your storage units, it can lessen your liability by increasing security around offices areas, glass windows and access gates. Our solution has also been successful at driving up fill rates and controlling operating costs.
Security is crucial at self-storage facilities to help keep out unwanted visitors and provide a safe environment for tenants and staff. If you would like information about our proactive security solutions, contact us here.