Kewanee, IL

Police offer high-tech business checks

Mike Berry
Kewanee police are incorporating QR codes into their business-check program.Photo byMike Berry

About 30 Kewanee businesses are taking part in a new system that keeps track of how many times police offers check the security of their buildings.

Last month the Kewanee Police Department started offering local businesses the opportunity to participate in this “more organized” business check service, according to a news release from the department.

“Officers already conduct business checks throughout the day and night to ensure the protection of property; however, these checks are not thoroughly documented unless something is discovered at the business,” the release said.

Police are issuing QR codes that can be attached to businesses. When an officer checks on the building he scans the code, which creates a record of the visit.

Deputy Chief Steve Kijanowski said about 30 businesses have asked for the stickers so far, and any business owner who hasn’t applied yet may still do so.

Kijanowski said it would be difficult for officers on duty to check every business every night. However, in the winter there usually is a decrease in police calls at night, so officers will have more time to do the checks, he said.

Even during busy periods, he said, officers should be able to get to each business several times a week.

Business owners who participate in the program can request information about their business at any time, the news release said. There is no cost to participate in the program.

Kijanowski said the QR codes cost about $200 a year, but CityAttorney Justin Raver has offered to pay that cost.

“So there is no cost to the taxpayers for this program,” Kijanowski said.

Business owners interested in the program can contact Kijanowski at 853-1911 or at

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