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Security is Essential in the Self Storage Industry

by John Stevens April 21, 2014 11:59 PM
Fire, crime, natural disasters—more often than not when you hear about a self storage facility in the news one of those three are involved. That’s just the way it is. Disasters and dastardly deeds make for interesting news. It’s nothing against the industry, but it is a reminder of how important security is to the industry. [More]

Study Shows Four Key Factors for Self Storage Facilities to Increase Sales

by John Stevens March 31, 2014 11:50 PM
People love reliability. It isn’t always sexy and it doesn’t mean you are going to be a superstar, but if you take the reliable road the chances are whatever you are trying to do will work. Of course, the trick is figuring out what that reliable road is. A recent study thinks it has succeeded in figuring out what that is for the self storage industry. [More]

Self Storage Units Are 'Very Secure'

by Winnie Hsiu June 5, 2013 7:21 PM
The “Good Morning America” program ran a story that discussed how thieves would break in and steal items from self storage units. The report said that break-ins at self storage facilities were a growing problem in the industry. However, they didn’t cite any crime statistics, didn’t say how they came to that conclusion, and didn’t have any comments from someone within the industry. They warned that storage units were the ‘new target’ for thieves. [More]

Self Storage Industry Knows the Importance of Security

by Kim Kilpatrick December 10, 2012 8:03 PM
Different people will look for different things when they are searching for a self storage facility. For some it may be proximity to work or home. For others it may be cost and some may be interested in specialty storage. There is one thing that everyone will be interested in and that is the facility’s security. [More]

Security is More Than Just Security in the Self Storage Industry

by Tony Gonzalez June 11, 2012 7:26 PM
How many times have you seen a movie or television show where criminals/ terrorists/ all-around bad guys either make use of a self storage unit or break into one? At the same time how often do the authorities end up finding something or someone in a self storage unit? [More]

What is Enough Security for a Self Storage Facility?

by John Stevens March 19, 2012 7:33 PM
Self storage companies are entrusted with a very important duty—taking care of people’s belongings. While they often do not have value to anyone but the owner, that in itself is enough. As long as it means something to someone, it is important for self storage companies to recognize that and protect those belongings accordingly. [More]

Why Should I Use Self Storage and What Should I Look for in a Self Storage Facility?

by Tony Gonzalez January 16, 2012 8:12 PM
We’ve all seen them. In fact, in some parts of the country they have been a part of the landscape for so long that we drive right on by them without even recognizing that they are there. However, in recent years there have been more and more people finding that they need some more space, and they are starting to take notice of where their local self storage facility is. [More]

Security Important for the Self Storage Industry

by John Stevens December 15, 2011 11:08 AM
If you were to ask most people about the self storage industry, the most they would probably know would be about their friend or relative that had their storage unit broken into. When you hear about auction buyers finding a half million dollars in gold bullion, Civil War artifacts, or the canoes that Burt Reynolds used in Deliverance it’s not hard to see why self storage units get targeted. [More]

Emerging Wireless Security Technology Gaining Momentum in Self Storage Industry

by John Stevens May 16, 2011 8:34 AM
The success of a storage facility depends on its ability to keep a tenant’s items safe and secure. New security technology available to self storage owners and operators engages tenants in the process and can generate more income while saving money on avoiding higher-priced security systems. The new radio-frequency (RF) wireless-alert systems warn self-storage tenants of a possible intrusion via text message within 60 seconds of an incident. [More]

Sometimes Security is in the Eye of the Beholder

by Winnie Hsiu May 13, 2011 10:17 PM
Today’s society is one that has become one that appreciates stuff. We like to own things; sometimes because we need them; at other times just because we want them. Regardless of the reason that we do buy whatever it is, we want to do whatever we can to make sure we hold on to our stuff. [More]
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