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Amy Campbell

Amy Campbell
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03/26/2007

On Hoodwinkers and Winking

(A guest blog spot by ISS Managing Editor Drew Whitney.) I’ve been bamboozled! Someone, somehow, on many days and miles away, has been draining my bank account, and I didn’t even know it until it had been overdrafted by thousands! I know it happens all the time, but it never happened to me! Identity theft and fraud are always in the news. They’ve hit close to home and happen more and more, I just ...
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03/22/2007

Rebuilding New Orleans

I've been in New Orleans all week attending two vastly different conferences—one with my husband for Coremetrics, and the other, of course, is the Self Storage Association convention, still in progress. It was simply fortuitous that our events ran back-to-back, as this is our favorite city, and we are thrilled to support it with our tourist dollar. I could go on and on about why that is, but ...
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03/14/2007

Prime Time

A guest blog spot by ISS Managing Editor, Drew Whitney. Yesterday I received a phone call from a news reporter. Over the years, we’ve received a number of calls from news reporters working on articles that focused on the self-storage phenomenon. In the early days, calls were few and far between. Typically reporters wanted to know statistics: Did we know how many facilities existed in a specific ...
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03/12/2007

Another Testament to the Power of Security

Last week, after a Florida facility holdup was caught on tape, I wrote a post about using video cameras at self-storage facilities to deter crime. Here's a quick addendum, in case you need any more convincing. And this one addresses the issue of padlocks too. Two men were recently arrested in Delray Beach, Fla., for allegedly breaking into units at several storage sites. They were busted because ...
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03/07/2007

Tax Troubles?

This time of year, taxes are on everyone's mind. Returns can be a grueling task, even for the most organized business operators. But what about the tax issues you face day-to-day? By now most of you understand the precarious situation facing New Jersey operators since the state legislature decided self-storage should be subject to sales tax. Owners either absorb the cost or pass it on to ...
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03/05/2007

Key Cameras

With its ascension in the public eye, self-storage has made new friends ... and new enemies. Negative press aside, the world at large now understands a few things about how this business is run: In most cases, you have a quiet facility with minimal manpower. Last week in Orange County, Fla., a band of three criminals took advantage of this fact—in broad daylight no less. What they didn't realize ...
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03/02/2007

Ancillary Services Take Blows

The Zoning Board of Appeals for Springfield, Mass., this week denied the request of a new self-storage owner to offer U-Haul truck rentals as an adjunct to his business. After being being denied a permit for the use by his building inspector, Robert Kushner appealed to the board, only to be told rental trucks are not an accessory for self-storage—even after his lawyer presented a list of storage ...
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