- Associated Press - Thursday, January 7, 2016

MINOT, N.D. (AP) - Many business owners in Minot are taking action after a rash of burglaries over the weekend.

Eight businesses were burglarized on Saturday and a ninth was targeted but the thieves fled when an employee came upon them. The businesses included fast food restaurants, auto repair and sales facilities, a laundry, a financial services company, a glass business and a construction operation.

Schoenborn Appraisal Service owner Bernie Schoenborn told KXMC-TV (https://bit.ly/1RbMXrE ) that it shows “the changing of the times, the changing of the culture.” He’s installing a new security system, and he’s not the only one.

SRT Security official Chris Benno said the company has received requests for security assessments by some of the victims of the weekend burglaries.

“Commercial business has really jumped up from the last six months to a year,” he said.

Overall burglaries in Minot in 2015 increased 60 percent from the previous year, according to police. Officers have increased patrols aimed at detecting suspicious activity near businesses, and the police department is encouraging businesses to record serial numbers of valuables, according to Capt. John Klug.

“It’s really hard to tell exactly what their target is,” he said of burglars. “Obviously if there’s money, they’ll take the money. It doesn’t look like they’re looking for property like computers or anything like that.”

Businesses and homes that can’t afford security systems should leave outside lights on to deter thieves, Klug said.


Information from: KXMC-TV, https://www.kxnet.com

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