Tick Box is a national scheme that aims to prevent self-storage facilities, or ‘lock-ups’ being used to hide illegal products such as illicit tobacco and alcohol and counterfeit goods.
Warwickshire County Council Trading Standards Service is responsible for running the free scheme and three Warwickshire self-storage businesses have already joined, including Squab Removals and Storage of Leamington Spa.
Emlyn Evans, Director of Squab Group said:
“We believe that the Council’s Tick Box scheme provides our customers with a clear notice of intent around our approach to the storage of illegal substances. As the self storage industry grows in popularity the potential for abuse increases and this scheme is a great way of demonstrating that we won’t put up with customers who choose to carry out improper activity in our stores.”
Warwickshire County Councillor John Horner, Portfolio Holder for Community Safety said:
“Self-storage facilities are becoming an increasingly popular choice for people looking for both temporary and long-term storage. However, from work that has already been done by Trading Standards and other enforcement bodies across the UK, we know that these facilities are sometimes used by criminal gangs to conceal illegal goods.”
Warwickshire County Councillor Philip Johnson, Chair of the council’s Overview and Scrutiny Committee, added:
“By joining the Tick Box scheme, self-storage businesses agree to follow a code of practice obliging them, for example, to ask for photo-id and proof of address information. It is made clear to customers that Trading Standards will monitor the premises and enter them as necessary.”
“We anticipate that the Tick Box scheme will discourage counterfeiters and others from using these facilities and so disrupt the trade in illegal goods.”
Warwickshire based self-storage businesses interested in joining the scheme can contact Warwickshire Trading Standards on 01926 414040 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Or for more information about the scheme visit: www.tick-box.org.uk/