Crime Free Programs
The Crime Free Mini-Storage Program was designed
to help renters, owners, and managers of mini-storage properties keep
drugs and other illegal activity off their property.
This program is honest and direct. It is solution
oriented. It is designed to be easy, yet very effective in reducing the
incidents of crime in mini-storage properties.
The program utilizes a unique three-part approach
which ensures the crime prevention goal, while maintaining an approach
which is very customer friendly.
Phase One involves a four-hour seminar presented by
the police and fire departments. Phase Two will certify that the
mini-storage facility has met the security requirements of the police
department. After full certification, the managers will be granted the use of large metal signs for display on the property. The management will
also be granted the use of the police department's program logo in all
A stable, more satisfied tenant base
Increased demand in storage facilities with a
reputation for active management
Lower maintenance and repair costs
Peace of mind that comes from spending more time
on routine management and less time on crisis control
Reduced criminal activity
Increased property recovery rate by police
Consider -- Costs of Illegal Activity in Mini-Storage Properties
When criminals and other
destructive tenants operate out of mini-storage properties, landlords
and tenants pay a high price. That price may include:
Property damage arising from abuse, burglaries
and police raids.
Fire resulting from storage of dangerous
Civil penalties, including temporary closure of
the property -- or even property seizure.
Loss of rent during the eviction and repair
Fear and frustration when dealing with
dangerous and threatening tenants.
Increased resentment and anger between renters
and property managers.
The loss of other valued renters.
Decrease in demand for storage units.
Thousands of dollars in stolen property.
Crime Free Mini-Storage Program will teach you...
Preparing the property so it does not attract
Applicant screening procedures
Crime Free Lease Addendum
Warning signs of illegal activity
Actions you must take if you discover illegal
activity at your property
Proven Management Techniques
Renter's Obligation To
Valid Photo I.D.
Social Security Number
Date of Birth
Current Address and Telephone Number
Emergency Telephone Numbers
A police accepted padlock for use on the
NOTE: Renter must also maintain a
current inventory of contents inside the storage locker.
Attend the three hour training course
Require tenants to use police accepted padlocks
on the storage locker
Require the use of break away tape on all locks
Keep all empty lockers locked
Post official "No Trespassing" signs
in visible locations on the property and prosecute all violations
Patrol the property at least daily to deter and
discover criminal activity
Provide police random access 24 hours a day to
storage facility to patrol the property and walk through facility
with drug detection dogs
Provide the police department's Criminal
Investigations Division (CID) with monthly lists of new tenants
Require renters to sign the Crime Free Lease
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