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Some businesses increasing security

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COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho -

Anjan Singh, the owner of the Food Mart gas station on North West Boulevard walks around the counter and shows KHQ a small button right underneath one of the cash registers. He says it's the panic button, with one press he could have eight police cars in his parking lot within a matter of minutes. It's a button Singh hopes he never has to press but after four robberies in the last three days he knows it's better to be safe than sorry. 

"The holiday season," Singh says. "I don't know what it is, but it seems to be a problem this time of the year, every year." 

Sargent Christie Wood with the Coeur d'Alene Police Department says robberies are very rare in the Lake City. Since January there have only been two other robberies, but that doesn't mean serial robberies are uncommon. That's what investigators believe they have on their hands. They think the four robberies, three of them in Coeur d'Alene and the other in Post Falls, have all been carried out by the the same person. Each robbery has happened relatively quickly and each business that's been hit was either open late at night or early in the morning. This criteria makes Singh's gas station a prime target. 

"We're always on alert," says Singh. "During this time of the year we try to keep our registers to a minimum as far as cash goes." 

More than 10 cameras sit in plain view, Singh hopes this will be enough to deter any sort of robbery. However, at the end of the day he knows the safety of his employees is what's most important. 

"If somebody comes in and tries to rob you then just give them the cash. They're not going to get much, $80 or $90, but it's not worth a human life." 

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