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Ballston Spa police: Beware of business burglaries

Following a string of recent overnight burglaries at several businesses in the northern end of the village of Ballston Spa, police are urging business owners to pay closer attention to locking up their shops safely.

Over the last couple of months, there have been burglaries where the thieves gained entry pretty easily through back doors, and even through a broken window in the front of a building, said village police officer Dave Bush. "It's not that the village is becoming a huge area for crime; it comes in spurts, but we need everyone " business owners and residents " to keep their eyes out and report anything they see."

The burglars took undisclosed amounts of cash from businesses, including Dunkin' Donuts on Doubleday Avenue and NAPA Auto Parts on Route 50, as well as hauling out safes not bolted to the floor, and even stealing cash registers.

"Why anyone would keep cash in their store overnight is a real mystery to me," said Bush.

Thursday night, Jan. 25, at an information session sponsored by the Ballston Spa Business and Professional Association (BSBPA), Bush spoke with local business owners about lowering their risk for theft.

"Two-thirds of burglaries happen at businesses, because criminals have the ability, the desire, and the opportunity," said Bush. "Your job is to reduce their opportunities and increase their risk of being caught."

Among his suggestions were having a professional security system installed, leaving lights on inside the shop after closing, removing shrubbery that provides shadows for criminals to lurk, using deadbolt locks, keeping an inventory of all equipment, and engraving the business name on the cash register, VCR, or other costly machines.

"You don't need bars on your windows " this is the Village of Ballston Spa " but you do need to be vigilant," said Bush.

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