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Security company reaches out to churches

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WINONA, TX (KLTV) - Nine suspicious fires in five weeks, with each additional blaze raising security questions across East Texas.

Despite organized church watches and increased police patrols, there has not been a sign of the culprit. An East Texas business is looking to change that while providing security to area churches.

It stood for 30 years, a church built on faith, standing safe in its sanctity, until now.

"Our society has changed," said Pastor Tony Watson, with First Baptist Church Winona. "We are at a place now where some things that were considered sacred are not sacred all the time."

The First Baptist Church of Winona now has eyes watching 24/7. Watson's will to protect his church has risen with each new church fire.

"We want to keep that tradition going," said Watson. "We want to keep building on to what we have."

First Baptist is hoping to do that with help from Advanced Communications Systems.

"Surveillance systems are cheap enough that we can offer them to the local churches free of charge," said Joe Price, with Advanced Communications Systems.

He is offering four cameras, hardwired to a DVR recorder with a power supply at no charge for a limited time. After 90 days churches can buy, lease or have the system uninstalled for free.

"We hope that it will be a deterrent, for one thing, but, second of all, it does give us some peace of mind that we feel like we've taken some steps to protect," said Watson.

More importantly, the system gives churches and police a chance to see what the camera sees from a remote location.

"It can be destroyed, stolen, it doesn't matter," said Price. "You still have your video recorded and saved on a different hard drive."

Evidence saved online as soon as it crosses a motion sensing watchful eye.

"This is not a problem solver for everything," said Watson. "We still will keep watch we still will be on guard we still will be on alert."

They are constantly watching the building and holding a community together.

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