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Sheriff’s Office offers business vetting tips in response to thefts at storage lots

Posted on 02/12/2021

The Weld County Sheriff’s Office continues to receive multiple reports of theft from storage businesses throughout the county.

The sheriff’s office would therefore like to remind residents it’s important to properly vet a business before committing to long-term or seasonal storage. Here are some things to consider the next time you need a place to store your RV or other property, as recommended by Dengarden.com and Move.org.

  • Make sure the storage facility is accessible 24/7, but also secure.

  • Make sure the business has some combination of video monitoring, in-person surveillance and security gates and doors. Ask if they sell high-quality locks if renting a storage unit.

  • Consider the location. Crooks may avoid storage businesses in towns or cities due to a higher likelihood of being seen committing a crime (several recent thefts occurred at storage lots located in more isolated parts of the county).

  • Purchase insurance. Most storage businesses offer in-house storage insurance. Many insurance companies also offer policies for storage facilities, similar to renter’s insurance.

  • Research the storage facility’s reputation through the Better Business Bureau, your local chamber of commerce or by visiting a consumer information website online.

  • Take an inventory of your property in storage. Record serial numbers and take photos. ReportIt.LeadsOnline.com is a free service where you can securely store your inventory online.

  • Don’t forget to pop in periodically to make sure your property is still in storage.