Crime Free Program
What is the International Crime Free Self Storage Program?
The International Crime Free Self Storage Program is designed to help facility managers keep crime and criminals off their property, improve the security and safety of the facility, and safeguard the personal property of tenants by reducing the potential for crime.
Goals of the Program:
- Have the facility 100% occupied by law-abiding tenants
- Provide a safe and secure facility for tenants to store important, sometimes irreplaceable, personal property
- Prevent criminals from renting
- Reduce, eliminate, or prevent crimes from occurring on or near the facility
- Decrease the time between the occurrence of a crime and its discovery
- Increase the recovery rate of stolen property
Participation in the Program:
To become a Certified Crime Free Facility:
- Managers and employees must attend a 3.5-hour training course that focuses on tenant screening, facility security, crime prevention through environmental design, a crime free lease addendum, tenant involvement, and partnering with law enforcement.
- The facility must pass a security survey and meet the minimum standards of the crime free program.
- The manager must adopt the mandatory crime free procedures and practices, and become eligible for posting as a crime free partner in cities where the local law enforcement agency participates in the program. The facility, manager, and all employees must attend a re-certification meeting every two years in order to remain active in the program.
Why Are Disc Locks So Important?
Disc locks are shackle-guard locks with a heavy-duty shackle buried inside the lock when closed. Padlocks and combination locks can be easily compromised by a pick-lock, bolt cutter, or both. The unique design of the disc lock offers superior resistance to tampering, cutting, or prying. Other benefits of disc locks include:
- Disc locks cannot be closed without the key
- Disc locks are very difficult to remove without the correct key
- Disc locks are inexpensive and easy to obtain; for convenience, disc locks are available for purchase at this facility
*Cylinder locks are an acceptable alternative to disc locks due to their security features. Cylinder locks are available at participating locations only.