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    How do you assign 4-7 digit numeric gate codes?
    pro's and con's

    random number?
    month/date of birth? eg 0416 for April 16
    last 4digits of the SSAN? eg 8734

    Please share with us the most popular method.....

  • #2
    Re: Gate codes

    We use a 4-digit code, and let the tenant pick the code. That way, there is atleast a 50% chance that they will remember their code. That would be, 50% chance, at best.
    Bob Taylor (Astro)
    Blue Ridge Self Storage
    Cashiers, NC

    Disclaimer: What Gina said....'cause the the cheese fell of my cracker.

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    • #3
      Re: Gate codes

      SiteLink assigns a random code, I just shorten it to 4 digits. I used to use the last 4 digits of their phone number, but I don't want someone to get in because they knew someone else's phone number. I don't want Bob who's locked out to get in because of course, he know's cousin Billy's number who also stores here. Using the last 4 of the SSN or DL is no different than random numbers for many people. You'd be surprised how many don't know either of those numbers!
      MamaDuke

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      • #4
        Re: Gate codes

        we use their unit number( 3 or 4 digits depending on the unit) and then any 4 digits they want for a total of a 7 or 8 digit code, this way if they know there code, they know what unit they are in.

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        • #5
          Re: Gate codes

          Hello,

          We let Sitelink randomly assign a 4-5 digit code. Sitelink gives the option to allow the customer to set the code, but we find that this rarely works, because most people pick something short and common (e.g., a birth-year - "1959"). Random seems to work best!

          Jim

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          • #6
            Re: Gate codes

            Tenant always picks 5 or more # pin. We used to use 4 at another facility we owned and you would be surprised how many people pick the same #. We then had to call the tenant with and ask them to change code. 5 or more it may have happened 2 times since 1998. With four I always got "can I use 2269" That seemed most tried.
            Joe Krezdorn
            DAK Self Storage
            Leesport, PA 19533
            www.dakselfstorage.com

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            • #7
              Re: Gate codes

              We always let the customer pick. I have one facility that is 4 digit (with unit # entered first)
              - most use their bank atm pin number and say so!! We discourage birth years and zip codes. My other facility uses 5 digit and that sure makes it hard for people!! Years ago with the 4 digit the wife picked the number. Hubby says what is that. She said it is our anniversary date and if you go in & out of that gate enough you might remember it someday..Another popular (hanging my head in shame) method is they pick their two favorite Nascar numbers!

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              • #8
                Re: Gate codes

                I'm starting to like the 5 digis as it makes it that much more difficult to have an acceptable code or duplication.

                It's actually amazing how many times one can guess a 4 digit code particularly on sites where common pairs are allowed ie 7777 , 1235, 4321 etc ...

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                • #9
                  Re: Gate codes

                  We require a 6 digit gate code that the tenant picks...we have many people who want to use only 4 and we explain the odds that someone could randomly enter a 4 digit gate code and get in is higher that 6 digits is much more secure.
                  ______________________
                  Pat Friddle
                  High Point,NC
                  AAA Self Storage


                  Success always involves risk; you can't steal second base with your foot on first. - Frederick Wilcox

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                  • #10
                    Re: Gate codes

                    we use unit # plus last 4 digits of their social. Seems to work well.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Gate codes

                      WinSen will assign a 5 digit code but we offer the customer the option of choosing a 4 or 5 digit code that they feel they can remember. THe actual code is their unit number plus their security code and we've never had a problem. Cameras everywhere though.......
                      Karen and Denny Beall
                      Diamond Self Storage
                      Nature Coast of Florida
                      DiamondSelfStorage.com

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                      • #12
                        Re: Gate codes

                        We like to use the K.I.S.S. formula..
                        Unit# plus any four numbers you like or can remember...

                        Helps cut way back on "What's my code?"
                        and a very slim chance of a duplicate...

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                        • #13
                          Re: Gate codes

                          Originally posted by dakselfstorage View Post
                          Tenant always picks 5 or more # pin. We used to use 4 at another facility we owned and you would be surprised how many people pick the same #. We then had to call the tenant with and ask them to change code. 5 or more it may have happened 2 times since 1998. With four I always got "can I use 2269" That seemed most tried.
                          Oh and I will not allow local zip codes
                          Joe Krezdorn
                          DAK Self Storage
                          Leesport, PA 19533
                          www.dakselfstorage.com

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                          • #14
                            Re: Gate codes

                            To avoid duplication, we use the tenants unit number along with 4 numbers they provide. It's a longer number to remember but it helps them remember what unit they have as well as no duplication.
                            Rick Barre
                            Facility Manager/Raleigh West
                            www.cardinalselfstorage.com

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