In an effort to prevent acts of terrorism, self-storage managers in Union County, N.J., are cooperating with public-safety officials in conducting random searches for hazardous materials that could potentially be used in the creation of explosive devices.
The facility inspections are of the exteriors of self-storage units and are non-invasive. If hazmat technicians or explosive-detecting dogs notice anything suspicious, renters are contacted for permission to search their individual units. If necessary, a search warrant is obtained. Once access is gained, bomb-squad officers assist in the search. To date, no bomb-making materials have been discovered.
As a deterrent, an advisory notice is displayed at local storage facilities alerting customers that the businesses participate in the random-search program.
Launched soon after the terrorist attacks of 9/11, the program combines the resources of municipal police, the Union County Police Bomb Squad, Union County Sheriff’s K-9 units and Union County Hazmat Technicians. According to the police chief, self-storage managers have been extremely cooperative in the effort.
Union is the only county in the state conducting random inspections of self-storage facilities.
Source: Suburban News, Union County Public Safety Agencies Continue Random Search Program to Maintain Homeland Security
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