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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • Crime prevention: Protecting your home and business

  • Darryl Hersrud, president of Electro Watchman in Fargo, which installs home security systems in Grand Forks and across the region, said recent large copper thefts from businesses in Fargo and Grand Forks “brought in a lot of business.”
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  • Darryl Hersrud, president of Electro Watchman in Fargo, which installs home security systems in Grand Forks and across the region, said recent large copper thefts from businesses in Fargo and Grand Forks “brought in a lot of business.”
    The standard package his company offers residents is sensors on doors to trigger alarms when the doors are opened and motion detectors inside the house, using infrared to pick up anyone moving.
    Security camera technology has improved a lot, allowing people to monitor their homes via cellphones. But few homeowners install security cameras and most of those customers do it at their lake homes because they aren’t there most of the year, Hersrud said.
    Security for residents, especially apartment dwellers, also can include patrols by private security companies.
    Keith Rowan of ProDog Security manages several employees who, dressed in uniforms and driving “police-like” vehicles, patrol apartment buildings that contract with Rowan.
    “It’s crime prevention,” he said. He also provides dogs for patrols and security checks, including drug searches, Rowan said.
    The city of Grand Forks requires a permit for any homeowner or business that installs a home security system that involves the company calling 911 when an alarm or other device indicates a break-in or the problem at the home.
    It costs $40 a year and is a sort of fee for the service of police responding to such calls, said Debbie Hoverson, who works with the process. The city has issued 722 such permits, divided about evenly between residential homes and businesses, she said.
    The Grand Forks police dispatch center gets about five calls per month from home security systems reporting a possible break-in or other problem, said Margaret Emmanuel, dispatch supervisor.
    Hersrud said his main advice would be: “Look for a home security company who is going to be in the area to take care of you. There are a lot of ‘door-knockers,’ from Utah, coming from all over, who will sell you an alarm ... then disappear.”

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