Business Owners Taking Extra Measures to Protect Their Business
By Sylvia Gonzalez
NewsWest 9

ODESSA - It seems that businesses are getting shot at with more frequency nowadays, some with BB pellets and other with actual bullets. Whatever the case may be, business owners are looking into protecting their businesses.

"As far as safety precautions, I really don't know what to do as far as vandalism, I mean cause it's gonna happen. The police officer said its been happening all day, night, morning you name it. So I don't know what to do other than install extra cameras, more security devices and things like that," Israel Galvan, Owner of Isy's Fine Jewelry Store, said.

More than ever, the city of Odessa has seen an increase in businesses having their windows shot at. Permian Glass of Odessa was recently a target but now they're doing something about it.

"This is like a window tint and what you do, you apply it and squeegee it off and it comes in certain thickness and then if somebody decides they want to break in, well it holds all the glass together so it's not just a break," Shannon Gaylor, Owner of Permian Glass, said.

Gaylor says he has seen a flood of customers asking what can be done to secure their business before they become the next target.

"We've had a few calls inquiring about what we can do to maybe make the place a little bit more theft proof, to try to keep people from sticking their hands in and staling stuff," Gaylor said.

Galvan's business is only a few blocks away from the police department and yet his business was also targeted in broad daylight. Besides having extra security in place, he says he is keeping a vigilant eye out.