Employees of DSR Security Services spend every night patrolling many of Lodi's industrial businesses, a power plant in Ione and a residential neighborhood in Stockton, looking for anyone who looks suspicious or may be trying to break into someone's property.
The company has recently expanded, adding ATV and levee patrol vehicles to their fleet and adding iPads to all of the patrol vehicles, so they can access their clients' security cameras.
The 3-year-old company has noticed a recent increase in crime, owner Stacey Ramsey said. In 2012 alone, the business has already had police arrest 13 people who were causing problems on their clients' property.
To help deter crime and attract additional clients, the business has started a series of public meetings once a month to share information on how people can keep their property safe.
The forums will be held the last Tuesday every month. This month's forum will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on March 27 at the Hampton Inn, 1337 Beckman Road.
"Hopefully, we will get some work out of it, but either way, we are trying to curb this latest rash of problems," Ramsey said.
He offered several suggestions on how Lodi residents can keep their property safe:
- Do not leave things in plain sight in your car, even if it's for a short amount of time. He said a surprising number of people leave purses, computer bags and other valuables in their front seat.
- Do not leave your garage door opener in your car, especially when you are somewhere like the movies where a criminal can expect you to be busy for a couple of hours.
- Put your registration in your trunk or somewhere other than the glove box. Criminals usually try to work quickly, so they will likely only check your glove box for registration.
- At night, Ramsey suggests sleeping with your keys and if you hear anyone on your property or in the area to hit the panic button.