I have a confession to make. I'm hooked on A&E's "Storage Wars", the reality TV show featuring an eclectic cast of characters who travel around to auctions held at storage facilities where the contents of storage lockers leased by delinquent tenants are sold to the highest bidder. WRTV has a story about a rash of break-ins that have occurred at Indianapolis storage facilities. The owners blame the popularity of "Storage Wars" to the break-ins.
A show called "Storage Wars," featuring people bidding on abandoned storage units for the contents inside, debuted on cable TV a couple of years ago.
And people in the storage business said the show has touched off an epidemic of break-ins.
"Unfortunately, it's been a pandemic since the 'Storage Wars' shows came on the TV," said Ryan Prock of Dominion Realty, the management company that runs Access Storage.
Prock blames the program for showing people how to break into the units and creating a false impression of what they will find once inside.
"Everybody thinks there's going to be hidden treasure once they're in there," he said. "They think they (are) going to come out here, break into it and find a $15,000 to $20,000 item. And that's just not the case."
Break-ins at storage facilities have become a city-wide problem. And often, victims don't realize they've become victims until they visit the scene of the crime weeks later or they're notified by Metro police.The cast members of "Storage Wars" were featured on an A&E special recently where they discussed the show's success. The cast members note one big downside to the show's success. They complained that their businesse have suffered because a lot more people are showing up for the auctions they attend and are bidding up the unit prices so high that it is making it more difficult to recover enough from the sale of the contents to recoup their investment. The cast members earn $10,000 an episode, which ain't bad. The one character I could never quite figure out was Barry Weiss, the "Collector", who rarely turns a profit on his purchases but always dons expensive clothing and drives a different vintage car on almost every episode. He apparently made his fortune in a wholesale fruit and vegetable business that he owned with his brother.