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Businesses prepare for holiday crime

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM)- Staff members arrived at 13th street Barbecue to an alarming scene late last week. According to police a man broke into the store during the Thanksgiving holidays.

   Jessica Goodroe works at the store on Veteran's Parkway she's hoping they can make it through the upcoming holiday season without being hit again.

    "We're just hoping for the best, that it doesn't happen again, stuff happens so were just trying to be prepared and on the lookout in case anything does happen again," Goodroe said.

     And to make sure that it doesn't happen again Columbus police are on high alert. Sergeant Donald Bush with Crime Prevention advises that business owners make certain that their stores are properly secured.

"Make sure your windows are covered; make it harder, and harder, so it's harder for the person to get into your business," Sergeant Donald Bush said. Bush says that burglaries are more common this time of year.

"Look at them and see what is going on, make sure you know what's going on control your business, that way you can tell whether or not it's just somebody that's going to be a good customer or they are casing you to be robbed," Bush said.

     According to Jessica Goodroe 13 Street Barbecue is equipped with a loud alarm system which went off that night but it didn't deter the burglar as he left the place in a mess but didn't get away with anything. She says from here on out they are making sure everything is secure to insure the safety of their customers.

  "We're looking out making sure that everybody looks good and safe, we are always looking around to make sure nothing eerie is going on," Goodroe said.

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