Making sure you're better protected.
Businesses, churches and schools are asked to take that extra minute to provide vital information to authorities.
The Parkersburg Police Department says they commonly go around to facilities to be sure doors are locked, but when they find an unlocked door or problem, often times they are unable to contact the business manager.
All facilities are asked to provide the Wood County 9-1-1 Center with their after-hours contact information. This information is used in case there is a problem on the property.
"We fully expect for people to leave a door or window unlocked every now and then and we're perfectly happy to find it and get it secured for you but when we need a key to lock something up but we can't contact anybody, we don't know who to contact is becomes a real problem," explains Parkersburg Police Department's Sargent Greg Collins.
Police ask all owners to call 304-420-0911 to provide more current information if a problem were to occur, do not call the emergency line.
Just this year, the Parkersburg Police Department says they've seen 14 buildings unlocked for hours.
Last year they found 22 buildings.
These unlocked businesses mean more officers to keep an eye on the building.
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