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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -  An Albany business hopes a new policy will deter burglars. Affordable Insurance's front door was shattered Thursday night. The thieves didn't take much, but they did try to cover their tracks, taking a security camera.

Now businesses are stepping up their security measures after several break-ins in the area. At least two insurance agencies are no longer keeping cash in their stores, or taking it from their customers.

They say it's just one of the security measures they've taken to keep thieves from targeting them.    

Alicia Smith is considering a major business policy change after her North Slappey insurance business was targeted by burglars. "I'm purchasing actually a police dog, a German shepherd attack dog, that will be shut up in here at night time."

A neighboring insurance agent responded when police patrolling North Slappey found the damage.  "All the glass was broken out and the police were in here dusting for prints," said  Jerome Davis, Cotton States Insurance Owner.

The thieves didn't get much, leaving behind the change they found in cash boxes on the office chairs. They did take a security camera, small holes mark where it once hung in the corner.

"It's actually accessed through the computer, through my laptop," said Smith. Both neighboring insurance companies say they've stopped taking cash from customers and posted signs to warn thieves there's not much to gain. 12:34:41 Jerome

"We don't keep cash and we don't accept cash," Davis said. Now they'll share the expense of putting up flood lights in the parking lot between the buildings hoping next time thieves might be caught in the act, by police or someone passing by.

Those two business owners are meeting with the lighting company right now to install the new flood lights. Just four blocks away the Albany Flower Market installed a solid wood door after their glass door was also smashed this week.

Owners say they'll now leave the cash drawer open and not leave any cash in the store. Albany Police say they're investigating several cases where glass doors to businesses have been smashed.

They're not sure if the break-ins are related.

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