After a rash of self-storage break-ins in August, Ga., operators are fighting back by forming the South August Alliance.
Hollywood Storage in Columbia County had the most recent break-in. Two units were burglarized Dec. 13. Earlier this month, video surveillance recorded three men breaking the locks off more than 50 self-storage units at Gate 5 Self Storage. And last weekend, thieves made off with Christmas gifts and a gun from a unit at McBean Self Storage.
The operators claim the thieves have the same method: cutting the fence, breaking off self-storage locks then stealing items inside the units.
Lt. Tony Walden from the Richmond County Sheriff's said the alliance is a positive step. He also said quality surveillance footage goes a long way in identifying and prosecuting perpetrators.
The South Augusta Alliance members plan to meet this month to discuss how they can help police stop the break-ins and find the burglars.