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Richland Police Warn of Burglaries at Self-Storage Units

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RICHLAND, WA - Richland Police are working to help local businesses and people protect their goods from burglars. 

Over the last 6-weeks, police say they've seen an increase in burglaries at self-storage units and fenced compounds. Apparently thieves are cutting through barbed wire fences in order to get access to units and it is happening all over town.

At ABC Mini Storage on Arnold Dr. the manager there said they are taking extra precautions to up their security.
They require circle or cylinder locks that are more difficult to break into and they keep all units locked even if they are empty to prevent people from sneaking in and getting into adjacent units.

Because of that, officers are conducting extra patrols, following up on the cases, and working to notify businesses about the crimes. 

Robert Conkey said someone squeezed into his unit in Pasco by climbing a wall.

"They got my TV, my computer, they got all of my video games," he said. In all thousands of dollars in electronics including things thieves just destroyed but could not take.

Police say using good crime-prevention steps can reduce your fear of crime, and help prevent you from becoming an easy target. Officers say if you rent with self-storage facilities, find a business that focuses on security by asking the following questions:

• Does the business require photo identification from its customers?

• Are empty storage units secured? Burglars often will access an empty unit to break into those adjacent.

• Does the business have posted and limited entry/exit gate hours?

• Does the business use security tape on individual locks to safeguard against tampering?

• Do employees of the business routinely patrol the grounds?

• Does sufficient lighting exist to expose all units to view at night?

• Does the business have effective security fencing?

• Are units under surveillance?

Officers encourage using layers of protection when it comes to your self-storage, including locks, alarms, video surveillance, key control & safes. It is also wise to place valuable items in the back of the unit, and to get a lock that will hold up against bolt cutters.