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Coralville & Iowa City Businesses Join Crime Free Program

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 01:16 PM CDT
CORALVILLE, IA (KGAN) -- Coralville and Iowa City Police for the past two years have been in a strong partnership to help area businesses fight off crime. On the Coralville strip there's a constant flow of traffic.

"It's definitely one of those at risk areas," says Coralville Officer Hanna Dvorak.

The area is saturated with businesses and that leaves it more susceptible to crime.

"You're right on a main artery so you can make a quick escape if you are going to choose to commit a crime," Dvorak said.

The businesses there are at a crossroads and they can choose to protect themselves. Many of those businesses you drive by everyday are now part of a crime free business program.

"Iowa City are convenient stores that are participating have really responded well to it," says Iowa City Officer Jorey Bailey.

The way the program works is officers go in and train businesses on ways to protect themselves and their employees. Officers say the stores can do some of the simplest things to keep thieves away. They recommend stores use more external lighting and have obvious signs that they are open.

"If you come into our businesses and try to victimize us you're more likely to get caught so it's not really worth your time," say Officer Bailey.

Coralville & Iowa City Businesses Join Crime Free Program

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