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Published December 22, 2009, 05:24 PM

Officers Offer Advice To Prevent Robberies

Grand Forks Police are giving advice to local businesses after a string of armed robberies.

By: Casey Wonnenberg, WDAZ

Grand Forks Police are giving advice to local businesses after a string of armed robberies. Officers are looking at stores and telling them what they can do to prevent a robbery.

Seven armed robberies in Grand Forks and East Grand Forks within the last two weeks have many businesses on alert.

Kasey Corcoran, the manager at University Station in Grand Forks, says, “We kind of amped up our security at the store as well.”

Corcoran says that's why they took the Grand Forks Police Department up on its offer: to come into the business and show them what they can do to prevent crime.

Sgt. Dwight Love with the Grand Forks Police Department says, “Basically criminals are pretty lazy, and if they can find an easier target somewhere else, hopefully they will go somewhere else, or maybe that's the day they don't do anything at all.”

Sgt. Love says some steps to prevent crime are pretty easy, like making sure as many doors are closed as possible to create more obstacles for the robber.

“It's my belief that criminals look at observation points, like how much line of sight does the manager or the employees have to the front door, to the outside business parking lots? Are they alarmed? Are there locks on the door?” says Sgt. Love.

Corcoran says they're glad they got the crime prevention survey done. They've also talked with employees to tell them what to do if they're robbed.

“We put out flyers on our counters, so that everyone knows what's going on and how to handle a situation if it occurs,” says Corcoran.

Corcoran says she'd much rather the robber take off with some money, than harm one of her employees.

Any business in Grand Forks can get the survey done. Just contact police at 787-8000.

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