Firms tick box to stop lock-up stashes - The Leamington Observer

Firms tick box to stop lock-up stashes

Leamington Editorial 4th Jun, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016   0

CRIMINALS in Warwickshire now have less places to stash their booty.

Tick Box is a national scheme aimed at preventing self-storage facilities, or ‘lock-ups’, being used to hide the likes illicit tobacco and alcohol, and counterfiet goods including fake designer wear and perfumes.

Warwickshire Trading Standards is responsible for running the free scheme and three county self-storage businesses have already joined.

By joining the scheme, self-storage businesses agree to follow a code of practice including asking for photo-id and proof of address information.

Philip Leech, director of Montague Storage Limited in Warwick, said: “We were delighted to be approached to become a Tick Box member and following a simple audit we can now display the Tick Box logo.

“This scheme, which is entirely free, has enabled us to demonstrate to our customers that we are a genuine, trusted and responsible business in this industry.”

Warwickshire County Council safety spokesman John Horner added: “We anticipate that the Tick Box scheme will discourage counterfeiters and others from using these facilities and so disrupt the trade in illegal goods.”

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