Dickinson, ND Police Department have investigated 53 storage unit burglaries at seven different locations in the last month. In all cases the criminals used bolt cutters to gain entry to the storage units.
Dickinson storage facility Econo Storage accounted for 27 of the burglaries and they certainly made life easy for the criminals but more on that at the end of the post.
This is a good time for you to take a long hard look at your lock security and review some of our previous posts on the subject. For example, you can see a lock supplied by Public Storage picked in twenty seconds and a Brinks Laminated Steel Padlock with a hardened steel, chrome plated shackle cut with an angle grinder in under ten seconds in this post, self-storage locks.
As far as bolt cutters are concerned, take a look at this video:
$30 Brass and Steel Master Lock
$20 36″ Bolt Cutters
Here is the result…
In the past we have suggested locks like the M3 Medeco with a boron alloy shrouded shackle. at around $100. It may seem like a lot of money but when you find out that your unit was left intact when all the other units in your facility were broken into, it will feel like the best purchase you ever made.
However, it would not have prevented your unit at Econo Storage being burglarized with bolt cutters as you can see from the crime scene photo below.
December 15th, 2015 Update: Dickinson Police Department have arrested two men in connection with the rash of storage unit burglaries. Jesse Michael Hecker, 24, and Bryce Charles Reisenauer, 22, made appearances in court on Monday and Friday, respectively, for their alleged involvement in the crimes. Both were charged with burglary, theft of property and dealing in stolen property. Approximately $10,000 worth of stolen property has been recovered by Dickinson PD.