The success of the Crime Free Multi-Housing program in Wichita Falls, Texas, has the police department thinking the initiative could be good for self-storage facilities, too. The Tuesday discovery of a methamphetamine lab in a unit at Adams Self Storage brought the topic to the fore. The WFPD will try to implement the program for self-storage as soon as possible, according to Sgt. Joe Snyder.
Since October, Wichita Falls police have been training apartment-complex managers in ways to be more aware of and reduce illegal or unsafe activity on their property.
As part of the program, police will periodically drive through a self-storage property, and dogs will be brought in to sniff the site for drugs. The program outlines qualifications for participating facilities, such as keeping certain gate hours, using a special type of lock, and having a lock-check program in place. Donna Adams, owner of Adams Self Storage, said she was excited to get started.
After storage facilities, Snyder hopes to see the program spread to shopping centers, family residences and hotel/motel establishments.
Source: Times Record News, Crime Free program builds on success
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