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Father's Kitchen getting someone to watch over them

By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - An Albany church volunteer program, hit by burglars over the weekend, is getting some new protection.

Workers at Alarm Detection Technology saw our story that Father's Kitchen was in danger of closing because of recurring burglaries. They offered to install a free alarm system in the old First Baptist Church building on Pine Avenue.

When thieves couldn't smash their way through Father's Kitchen's door, they pried it open. It's the third time in two years, the charity's been burglarized, each time the same way.

"I hate to think it's anybody who eats with us, but they seem to know the best way to get in here," said Toni Grebee, Father's Kitchen Director.

With cases of frozen meat for the Kid's café program missing from freezer shelves along with bags of popsicles, a TV, and a microwave organizers were discouraged until they got a call with an offer to keep thieves from striking a fourth time.

"I thought oh thank you, thank you, thank you," said Grebee.

"It's getting to the point where security is not a luxury anymore, it's a necessity," said Jay Carpenter, Alarm Detection Technology Owner.

A necessity for businesses and homeowners alike. With more than three thousand property crimes this year in Albany, ADT sales are up 50 percent. Now they'll install a free security system to protect a vital source of nutrition for both kids and adults.

"One of the big concerns of our ministry was to keep a downtown presence and Father's Kitchen is really the soul of that to do the Lord's work," said Grebee.

"God can take bad things that happen and turn them into good," said Grebee.

They hope the mere presence of the signs will be enough to deter thieves, but if they're bold enough to break in again the police are sure to know about it.

ADT says security signs make a business or home three times less likely to be broken into. Insurance companies have done the research and that's why they offer home owners a discount on their insurance for having a system installed.

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