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Small Towns Seeing the Benefits of Surveillance Cameras

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In a county, where most of the towns don't even reach a population over 1000, more and more crimes are taking place.

Earlier this week, the bar in Sanborn burglarized and in Valley City, two men stole a safe from the American Legion on Thursday morning. "No matter where you are, crime occurs," says Fred Thompson, Police chief in Valley City.

No arrests have yet been made in either case, but law enforcement says they have good leads. "It's a big asset," says Randy McClaflin, Barnes County Sheriff. Both the sheriffs and police department say businesses who have surveillance cameras on the property help them when it comes to solving crimes.

"It's done a great deal for law enforcement," says Thompson. Local law enforcement is encouraging business owners to upgrade their technology like VFW in Valley City has done here. Once you walk into their door you better smile because you're on camera."You never know who is going to be coming in."

Manager Tom Martin says even in a small town you never know what's going to happen, and it's better to be prepared.

"We have cameras in every room and an alarm system on every door," says Martin. Because as the times begin to change, law enforcement say it's important to keep up.

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