BLYTHEVILLE, AR (KAIT) - The City of Blytheville is hoping to stop criminals before they attack.
Following a string of recent armed robberies, Blytheville police and local businesses are taking action.
According to the Blytheville Police Department, both Family Dollars in the area are locking their doors at night and letting customers in as they arrive.
Police said the store is hoping this safety precaution will prevent any future crimes.
The department said they support the store's decision and also have taken some precautions of their own.
"We are actually working a lot of overtime right now, our guys are out, off-shift is on to help out," said Captain Scott Adams.
The department is also bringing in extra officers to work the cases.
Additionally, they are recommending that stores invest in high-quality video cameras and avoid placing signs in windows that could block any outside views.
"If you can't see them coming you're going to be a victim," said Captain Adams.
He added everyone in any store should be observant at all times.
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