Andalusia business owner happy with new crime prevention method

Published: Jul. 20, 2018 at 3:02 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 20, 2018 at 3:37 PM CDT
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ANDALUSIA, AL (WSFA) - Jim Caton knows what it's like to be broken into at his family business in Andalusia, not a good a feeling to say the least.

"I think we had two break-ins that were significant," said Caton.

But maybe it won't happen again. Andalusia police officers like Sgt. Roger Cender are leaving green cards on the front and back doors of hundreds of businesses. The cards are signed, dated, timed, a little notice letting business owners  know they have another set of eyes checking on things during the night. It's all part of the Green for Good Program by the Andalusia Police Department.

"I thought it was a good thing," said Sgt. Roger Cender.

The cards, of course, aren't as intimidating as a camera but every little bit of prevention helps.

"I would average 40 or 50 a night on a slow night," said Cender.

Green cards or not, Chief Paul Hudson sees this as a chance of getting back to the basics, walking the streets and letting would-be criminals know.. they're watching.

"I've even had business owners tell me, 'We didn't know y'all checked our buildings,' so it made them feel good," said Andalusia Police Chief Paul Hudson.

It's hard to tell at this point whether this act of vigilance does, in fact, shoo away potential criminals but Cender is convinced they're working based on what he sees while many of us are sleeping.

"I hardly see people as much as I used to," Cender said.

"It turned out real good for us to have this," said Caton.

While Jim Caton's team put another massive tire on a big rig, Caton will leave for the day knowing his longtime business is in the good hands of officers like Roger Cender keeping law and order on track in town with their nightly visits.

Andalusia city records show the city has more than 600 businesses. 500 of them are storefronts or stand alone businesses.

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