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Businesses work with Joplin Police to reduce their risk of being targeted by criminals

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 Businesses team up with the Joplin police department  to reduce their risk of being targeted by criminals.

 The Candy House  and Kum & Go both are   certified through the Crime Free Business program.

    Police  survey businesses and make  recommendations.  Candy house  added exterior  lighting, a keypad lock and peepholes on its rear doors and a ten camera security system.

   Kum and Go  added lighting around its trash area  and keeps the middle of windows clear.

     Officers call that eyes on the street. Officer Daniel Rogers is the coordinator of the crime free business program and explains.  “What that means is, we want people inside the business to see what's going  on outside in the parking lot  and street beyond. As well as people out in the street to see what's going on inside the business.  This way for example,  if there's a car being broken into  hopefully  somebody inside that business can see it and calls 9-1-1.

And outsiders could see if employees were being robbed inside too.  Police send out weekly crime stats to alert business if there's a rash of burglaries.

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