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Electronic Door Protects Business From Robbers

February 3, 2014, 6:05 PM by Brady Mallory

Electronic Door Protects Business From Robbers
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

In the wake of the recent robbery spree, some businesses are stepping up security, including the Shop-N-Cart.

"It just burns you, and I don't want this to happen anymore," owner Dave Grevlos said.

Grevlos has seen a few of his stores fall victim to robberies, which is why he works hard to make his businesses less of a target for criminals.  In addition to security cameras, Grevlos also does not keep much cash in the registers during night shifts.

"If you're risking multiple years in prison for $90, it doesn't make sense to me," Grevlos said.

In his store on North Minnesota Avenue, he even has an electronic door.

"It's really, really been a good thing for us and it works flawlessly and my employees feel much safer," Grevlos said.

The electronic door locks at a certain time at night.  Whomever is working carries a small remote, making store security handheld.  

"Want me to hit the button?" Grevlos said, followed by a faint buzzing from the door.

Just with that button, the employee can unlock the door for any potential customers.  However, if the person looks suspicious, the employee does not have to let him/her in.  The goal is not to profile anyone, but to deter criminals by making access a bit more challenging.

"If somebody has a mask or weapon or a mask or a hoodie over their head, we'll ask them to go to the door and take their hood off or something like that," Grevlos said.

Grevlos has been testing this remote controlled electronic door at just the store on Minnesota Avenue, but he plans on adding more of these doors to his other locations.

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