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Fairfax Renews Contract With Security Firm

FAIRFAX (CBS 2/ FOX 28)--Besides the railroad that comes through town every half hour, Fairfax is pretty much a small, quiet town.
"Everything is nice and calm, said resident Kenneth Patten.
Since July, it's also felt a lot safer, thanks to a little red car that passes Patten's house a few times a week.
It comes right down through here and goes around," Patten said using his hand to wave down the street.
He and other Fairfax residents say since the city hired Per Mar--a private security firm three months ago, the neighborhood feels more protected--after a recent uptick in vandalism and thefts.
"They drive through at night sometimes, Patten said. We all feel safer with them here."
Its what the city was going for which is why they signed on for another six months of their contract.
"Somebody's out in the middle of the night, or the daytime, random times during the week just dedicated to patrolling," said Mayor Jason Rabe.
The city says not only do people feel safer with the extra security. It's also made residents get smarter about their own personal safety.
For example, residents now keep their garage doors locked--a suggestion made by the firm after the first few nights of patrols.
"People that perhaps want to cause trouble or not do us right then it lets them know that hey there could be somebody potentially be watching them," Rabe said.
An extra pair of eyes Patten says helps him breathe a little easier.
"It's important to have someone come through and make sure everything is alright," he said.
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