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Amy Campbell
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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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03/01/2007

Merge Left

A guest blog spot by ISS Associate Editor Elaine Foxwell Elaine with her equine friend, Slayer. I creep onto the self-storage Information Superhighway in my Blogmobile for the first time. The infotraffic is flying by so fast it feels more like I’m on the Information Autobahn. I cautiously accelerate in the right lane, summoning up the courage to increase my virtual velocity and merge left. I ...
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02/27/2007

Where do U go, U-Store-It?

The show's over, and it's back to business as usual. I've spent the past couple of days reacquainting myself with self-storage in the news. I found the anticipated palette of spectacles including arson, robberies and vandalism ... But what the heck is going on at U-Store-It? Several articles in last week's The Plain Dealer and an editorial in The Motley Fool tell how a dispute within the ...
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02/26/2007

So I mispredicted ...

I anticipated having time during Friday's expo-hall hours to post more show photos and updates to the blog. But the floor was still buzzing, we were shooting all kinds of video, and there simply wasn't an opportunity to hole up with the laptop. (I'd hate to be an introvert at one of these high-impact expos—the perpetual activity would badger the psyche.) The show's last day was non-stop. Some ...
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