Crimestoppers steps up security for Abilities Unlimited

Crimestoppers steps up security for Abilities Unlimited

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - For years, the donation center at Abilities Unlimited in downtown Jonesboro has been a favorite spot for thieves.

Recently, a man and two small girls were caught on camera taking property from the drop-off site.

Now, Crimestoppers of Jonesboro has stepped up to try to put a stop to it.

Recently, the Crimestoppers Board of Directors voted to buy a new security system for the Abilities Unlimited Donation Center at Huntington Avenue and Sharp Street in downtown Jonesboro.

The board also arranged for better lighting.

Ryan Heringer with Sound Concepts was hired to install the high-end security system.

"These are new 1080p HD cameras," Heringer said. "We have four new ones we put around the building with also an HD recorder so we can get very good details when things happen and pull it up with really good clarity."

Sandy McQuay with Abilities Unlimited said if people want to steal, they will have very clear pictures of them.

"When they do come up we can see them much better and the camera system has much better clarity.  So when they do come 'shopping', shopping after hours, we can see them better with the cameras and the new lighting is illuminating them much better," McQuay said.

McQuay added that once a donation is made to Abilities Unlimited it becomes their property.

If someone takes any item, even one that is left outside at the donation center it is stealing.

McQuay says they will prosecute anyone caught stealing from them.

The Crimestoppers Board of Directors also paid for a new, larger sign at the donation center. It warns would-be thieves to 'smile for the camera'.

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