Security is one of the most critical issues facing self storage operators and owners on a day-to-day basis. Preventing theft, vandalism, and property damage is crucial for self storage facilities to retain current tenants and attract new ones. In so many words, self storage operators want to provide as much safety and security as possible, while making their units easy to access for tenants, all without breaking the bank. It’s a fine line to walk, and one that can become even more difficult when it comes to the sheer variety of methods available to secure a facility.
Conventional Self Storage Security Measures
There are many ways self storage facilities secure their units. Traditional security measures include physical deterrents, like motion-activated floodlights, tall fences, or security guards. Some facilities might also field passive surveillance systems, such as CCTV and network-connected IP cameras. Other self storage providers may rely on more advanced measures, such as real-time remote video monitoring services, audible alarms, or centralized unit access systems.
In reality, very few self storage providers employ all of these security measures at once. Instead, most operators will use a combination of traditional measures, and perhaps one or two more high tech security systems.
Cost is the primary factor that governs the kind of countermeasures a self storage facility will deploy. For example, the cost of retrofitting existing self storage units with a central system can easily run into the tens of thousands of dollars and could take years to recoup the upfront investment. Similarly, live video monitoring services require both the initial upfront cost of cameras, as well as expensive, high-commitment service contracts. For many facility operators, the long-term cost isn’t necessarily worth the benefits these systems provide.
An Affordable Alternative to Expensive Self Storage Security Systems
Enter the Kiwi IR, a robust, cost-effective infrared security solution powered by Skyhawk technology. The Kiwi IR combines the convenience of a central monitoring system without the price of retrofitting a hardwired system into a facility. Leveraging the power of Verizon’s dedicated LTE wireless network, the Kiwi IR provides real-time alerts through an easy-to-use application available on both iOS and Android devices.
Unlike other more expensive hardwired systems, the Kiwi IR is a cost-effective solution that’s easy to deploy and scales to cover facilities of all sizes. Installation is as simple as unpackaging the Kiwi IR, registering it with a smart device, and placing it in the desired unit. Each Kiwi IR is built to withstand a wide range of temperatures, resist shock, and last for over a year on user-replaceable batteries. The result is a device engineered for use in a wide range of self storage facilities and that is easy to install and replace for tenants.
The Bottom Line
There’s no shortage of security measures available to self storage owners and operators, ranging from low-tech options to expensive, central security systems. Kiwi IR strikes a balance between effectiveness and cost, offering the benefits of affordable IR hardware with an easy-to-use application. Kiwi IR doesn’t require expensive retrofitting of facilities, and doesn’t lock self storage users into an expensive long-term service contract.
If Kiwi IR sounds like the right fit for your self storage facility, contact us to learn more about how our Skyhawk-powered hardware can save you time and money.