Are Self Storage Units Secret Drug Lairs?

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StorageMart self storage in Saskatoon, Alberta cooperated with local police, resulting in the arrest of four persons. The self storage company discusses security at their storage facilities and why illegal activity is uncommon.

StorageMart on First Avenue North in Saskatoon, Alberta recently cooperated with local law enforcement to bring about an arrest of four people in what was a five-month long investigation targeting drug trafficking.

Somewhere in the wee hours of the night, members of the Saskatoon Integrated Drug Unit and Emergency Response team presented a warrant to search a storage unit at the StorageMart Saskatoon self storage facility. The search conducted at the self storage property was also tied to a wider investigation.

Police did find illegal substances in the storage unit. They reported that the crime is not connected to any organized crime, but is rather a group of local persons. Law enforcement further reported that there is no reason to fear for public safety.
StorageMart is a public self storage provider, renting storage lockers to local tenants on a monthly basis. The self storage company has seldom had an issue with tenants conducting illegal activity on the property, and reports that, with over 140 self storage properties in the U.S. and Canada, these kinds of things happen only once in a great while. StorageMart cited many reasons why conducting illegal activity on the premises of a self storage facility usually leads to a quick arrest.

First of all, StorageMart safeguards each location with video surveillance, a gated facility and strict access codes so that the company knows who comes and goes on any given day. Security measures such as these are typically less than ideal for someone with unscrupulous intent.

Secondly, a public self storage building brings a lot of foot traffic. Tenants are constantly coming and going and are quick to report suspicious activity, including strong odors coming from storage units or unusual behaviors. In addition, the self storage property manager monitors the premises and notes uncommon changes or occurrences and reports any violation of the law.
It is also StorageMart's policy to cooperate in every way with law enforcement. In fact, self storage companies are often used as training grounds for K-9 police units, allowing trainers to stage empty storage units for the dogs to hunt out.

So, while a self storage facility may seem like a great hideout for an illegal drug ring, this is usually only the case in mildly dramatic television shows. In reality, self storage tenants rent space to keep their grandmother's furniture, collections of baseball cards, seasonal clothing and holiday decorations. People rent storage because they are moving, selling a home, having a baby, sending a kid to college or finally making room to park their car in the garage. On the whole, a self storage property is the most efficient way for local residents to gain the extra space their growing family needs.

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