Cracking down on criminals who target the self storage industry

The SSA UK, the Intellectual Property Office (IPO), National Trading Standards and London Trading Standards have teamed up to launch a new code of practice to reduce the appeal of self storage facilities for criminals who deal in counterfeit and other illicit goods.

The Tick Box: Keep it Real Keep it Legal code of practice sets out simple procedures aimed at preventing the fraudulent storage of counterfeit and other illicit or unsafe goods, while helping self storage facility owners be sure of who is really using their premises.

Counterfeit goods are being seized either in, or in transit to, self storage facilities and this scheme aims to identify individuals and recover the goods before they enter the marketplace.

The scheme is already yielding results, with targeted enforcement action disrupting criminal networks with the seizure of thousands of counterfeit items, estimated to be worth millions of pounds to criminals.

Storage facilities that participate in the scheme are provided with the ‘Tick Box’ logo and posters to display within the premises, to act as an assurance to legitimate customers and a deterrent to anyone attempting to store counterfeit goods. 

Forty-five local and national self storage providers have already signed up (August 2021) to the first phase of the code of practice, which has seen over 1,200 self storage facility staff receive additional training under the scheme. The next phase will see the scheme continue to be rolled out across the UK.

Interested in getting involved? Please visit https://tick-box.org.uk/about-the-campaign/ 

SSA UK Members who are participating in the campaign are:

  • Apex Self Storage 
  • Barn Store
  • Big Yellow 
  • Blue Space Self Storage 
  • Britannia Lanes Self Storage 
  • Britannia Legerstar Self Storage Ltd 
  • Bullmans Shipping Containers 
  • BWI Storage Ltd 
  • Camel Self Storage 
  • Dash Self Storage 
  • Go Self Storage 
  • Hogleaze Self Storage Ltd 
  • M Store Self Storage 
  • My Secure Selfstore.com
  • Nanpean Self Storage
  • Safe & Dry Storage 
  • Safestore 
  • Storage King
  • Storage World Self Storage 
  • SureStore 
  • U Can Store It 
  • We Store Cornwall 
  • Your Room Self Storage Ltd 
  • Eversley Storage
  • Ready Steady Store
  • The Container Team
  • Access Self-Storage
  • Guardian Self Store