How Much Does a Self Storage Security Camera System Cost?
If you operate a self storage facility, you know the importance of 24/7 security. Customers come and go all hours, every day of the week, and having staff onsite is prohibitive. Even if you do, nobody can be in two places at once or monitor your site as efficiently as a security camera system does.
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What are the Benefits of Video Surveillance in Self Storage?
Video cameras act as a natural deterrent to the average person. Visitors, customers, and employees see those security cameras and know that someone is watching. The sight of a video camera helps prevent thieves and vandals from targeting your location, and even helps keep employees on the straight and narrow.
An additional benefit comes in the form of reduced insurance premiums. Many insurance providers offer significant discounts to businesses that install a video surveillance system. Of course, insurers only offer discounts for actions that reduce liability. How does a security camera reduce liability, though? Basically, security footage helps prove (or disprove) accident and injury claims. Reviewing your footage also makes you aware of potential safety issues, so you can attend to them before anyone gets hurt.
Finally, today's technology makes implementing a security camera system easier than ever, and regularly helps drop the price on surveillance equipment. Cameras today are wireless and simple to set up. They also allow you to review footage remotely, and network the systems of multiple locations. This means that you can monitor activity at your self storage facility from anywhere you have Internet access, using nothing more than the smartphone you hold in your hand.
Where Should You Place Security Cameras?
Proper camera placement ensures the success of your video surveillance. Look out for obstacles in the camera's line of sight; you don't want blind spots.
All entrances and exits need a security camera. This includes the gate leading into and out of your facility. You want a camera covering the register and any retail space (if your facility offers any retail items). Hallways and driveways, elevators, restricted areas, and the parking lot all need coverage.
It is possible to cover more than one area with a single camera, so consider placement options carefully to help reduce the total number of cameras required.
Is There any Difference Between Security Cameras?
The cost of your system depends entirely on how many cameras you need and the quality of the cameras you choose. Prices range dramatically here, from around $100 for your basic model to over $2,000 for the top models with all the bells and whistles.
The basic construction of commercial-level security cameras is fairly standard. Most of them include a vandal-proof housing that stands up to just about any weather conditions. They offer the same backup, download, and storage capabilities (assuming you choose IP models, and you should).
Differences begin with resolution. Basic models come in 1080P/2MP resolution. This allows you to recognize someone from a distance of 50 feet, and identify someone from a distance of 25 feet. "Recognition" means you can tell it's a person, and recognize general features. "Identification" means that you can discern features well enough to describe the person to a sketch artist.
Models with greater resolution improve recognition and identification, with the highest quality cameras allowing recognition from 125 feet and identification from 75 feet. In addition to resolution, you pay more for features such as zoom-pan-tilt, motion detection, and improved night vision.
How Much Does a Self Storage Video Surveillance System Cost?
You can buy video cameras singly, but you're better off buying a bundled system, especially if you don't already have a security camera system installed at your storage unit. Bundles include a certain number of cameras, as well as the video storage unit. You can start with a small bundle of two cameras, or go all the way up to a 64-camera system.
Pricing offered is "starting at" prices, as buyers may customize the system, depending on individual needs.
- Starting prices for 2-camera systems range from around $675 to $1,450
- Starting prices for 4-camera systems range from around $1,000 to $2,300
- Starting prices for 8-camera systems range from around $2,000 to $4,000
- Starting prices for 12-camera systems range from around $2,800 to $5,800
- Starting prices for 16-camera systems range from around $3,400 to $7,500
- Starting prices for 24-camera systems range from around $6,000 to $12,000
- Starting prices for 32-camera systems range from around $7,350 to $14,000
- Starting prices for 48-camera systems range from around $12,500 to $28,500
- Starting prices for 64-camera systems range from around $16,000 to $39,000