A Community Crime Alert has been issued by the Ventura Police Department due to a rash of self-storage robberies that have occurred in the last year in Ventura.
Since the beginning of the calendar-year Ventura police have received 45 reports of burglaries from commercial self-storage units.
Public Storage at 6435 Ventura Blvd. reported 22 burglaries, the highest number of burglaries at a single location.
Burglars have used bolt cutters on multiple occasions to obtain entry into the units.
Ventura Police Department recommends anyone using a self-storage unit in Ventura take inventory of all stored items. Anyone who believes any of their units has been burglarized is asked to contact the Ventura Police Department at (805) 650-8010.
VPD Recommendations for Renters:
Choose a facility that has an access control system and video surveillance system which can prevent burglaries. Access control system requires renters to use individual codes, remotes or security cards to enter the facility. Self-storage managers can review records to see who is using the facility at all times, making it harder for thieves to enter. If you have high-value items that you are storing, place those valuables in the back of your unit. Placing these items in hard to reach places will make it more difficult for thieves who are quickly grabbing items. Choose a lock that will hold up against bolt cutters. Avoid using a lock with a long shackle (the loop that passes through or around the object that you are locking). Purchase a disc or cylinder lock, both of which are hard to cut with bolt cutters. Have items insured through homeowner’s insurance, or see if the facility offers insurance. Avoid going to your storage unit in the early morning or late evening hours or otherwise off-peak hours. Take someone with you whenever possibly, there is safety in numbers. Keep a complete inventory of everything you are storing. Take photos of the items inside your storage unit. Check items frequently, do not leave them unchecked for long periods of time. Perhaps check your unit when making your monthly payment. Be sure to give the manager a list of people who are allowed access to your unit.