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    Amy_ISS is offline Community Manager
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    Default Working With Law Enforcement

    Any operators who regularly work with law enforcement? Do you allow them to train at your site, have a crime watch program or have you attended any kind of safety/crime prevention training? ISS is looking for input for an upcoming article. Pls email me if you'd like to participate.

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    We have our local police dept storing with us and they regularly train their drug sniffing dogs on the property

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    I wish our local pd would need our services, I'd gladly let them rent at n/c just for the exposure of them coming and going.

    I managed a grocery store for 20 years and I always bought the local fire department their holiday meals on every nationally recognized holiday, whether 4th of july or Christmas, and they almost always invited some local pd to come share in the food. This brought a ton of extra local agency traffic to my store especially when I liked their extra presence during holiday times. I can luckily say my stores were never robbed in 20 years.
    The stores I had that had a fuel station, I also contacted all local agency pd and fd for free fountain drinks when in uniform.
    For the minimal cost of drinks, they were in there multiple times a day.

    I might have to hit up our local p/d and see if I can't work out something with them. Never thought of applying it to the storage biz.
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    Local county police department has a free unit here and has used the facility for training on a regular basis. The local fire department also uses the facility for training new people. I think it is important to maintain some sort of professional relationship with these organizations to not only protect your property but it is also a valuable marketing tool. I have gotten countless referals from both over the years and gladly extend a discount to members of both organizations.
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    Our local sheriff has access for drug dog training and we have a local Crime Watch group that has a 24hr gate code so they can cruise through the facility on occasion. This is a very, very low crime area so we've not had any problems in the last ten years. A couple of humorous reactions from potential tenants when they noticed the "K-9 Drug Dogs Trained Here" sign......
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    We invite the local police K-9 units to train here. They have done it several times and enjoy the training opportunity. Last time they brought in 3 dogs from around the area, the time before they brought 5 dogs. The handlers/officers will hide drugs in several storage units then walk the dogs along a string of units to see if they can find the one with drugs. They find it every time! Convinced me that they have an amazing ability to find small amounts of drugs. We take pictures to post in our office as a deterrent to "bad guy" potential renters.

    So far they haven't hit on a customer's unit. If so, the police would need to get a search warrant to come search the unit.

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    We have officers come here and there, but it's because they have a search warrant for a tenant that has been storing stolen goods. They don't come often but after they have been here, word spreads and those types of people don't store with us anymore...

 

 

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