Cave Junction businesses may hire security company

Cave Junction, Ore. — A private security company may soon be lending a helping hand to a group of business owners in Cave Junction. The Illinois Valley Chamber of Commerce is starting a conversation in their community, proposing the hiring of private help to patrol the town and keep businesses safe from crime.

The service is just an idea at this point, but it would aim to bring a security company out to every business that’s willing to pitch in. Local business owner Tazz Allen said while his store IV Guns and Ammo hasn’t been burglarized, it happens all too often.

“Businesses across the street have had the issue several times,” Allen said. “Most of us already pay an alarm system, so there shouldn’t be any issue with changing to someone who’s actually going to show up.”

Sonny Moore, President of the Chamber, is proposing that area businesses hire the Grants Pass Home & Business Concierge Watch. The service would include a two-person patrol unit for a nine-hour shift. It would costs business owners roughly $300 per day.

“They could patrol each of the businesses, individually and up and down from the north side to the south side of town,” Moore said. “They were pretty confident that they had the force and capability of doing what we’re asking.”

Representatives from over 50 area businesses met Thursday night at Wild River Pizza to talk about the idea. Due to budget restrictions, the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office currently has one patrol unit in Cave Junction, but it’s only during the daytime. The proposed service would cover the evening hours.

“We need to come to that common ground, and be able to work out our issue out there, and sooner than later,” Moore said.

Representatives from the Illinois Valley Chamber of Commerce say this service would also be open to residents who live near Highway 199.

Anyone with questions or comments can contact the Chamber at (541) 592-3326. For more information about the Grants Pass Home & Business Concierge Watch, click here.

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