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Video Surveillance Systems in Iowa

Iowa is a state in the Midwest United States. The current estimated population is 3,107,126. French Canadian explorers were the first Europeans to visit the area. The territory that is now Iowa was claimed by the French in the 17th century. It became part of the Louisiana Territory and many French, Spanish and British traders established trading posts along the Mississippi River. In 1763 France gave control of the territory to Spain. In 1800 Napoleon Bonaparte took the Louisiana Territory back from Spain and sold it to the US in 1803. The state’s history as a French territory is still felt today with the state flag which is modeled after the flag of France. During the War of 1812, control over the territory was threatened by the British but the US was able to maintain control. Throughout the 19th century Native American tribes were forced out of the Iowa Territory and moved west. The first US settlers began arriving to the territory in 1833. In 1846 Iowa was admitted as the 29th state. The first Iowa State Fair was held in 1854 and quickly became a popular tradition that is still celebrated today. Iowa sided with the Union during the Civil War and the state was a large supporter of Abraham Lincoln. After the war, Iowa became a major agricultural producer. In the 20th century, the economy began to diversify and manufacturing emerged as an important industry. Today the state’s economy is strong with sectors in manufacturing, agriculture, finance and technology. Iowa is the largest producer of ethanol and corn in the country. College sports are important in Iowa, with four NCAA Division I college teams. President Herbert Hoover was from Iowa and his Presidential Library is in West Branch. Other popular attractions in the state include the Amana Colonies which is a historic landmark of settlements of German Pietists, amusement park Adeventureland and many museums and theaters.

Crime rates in Iowa are below average. The chance of becoming a victim of a violent crime in the state is 1 in 368. Property crime occurs more frequently and the chance of becoming a victim of property crime is 1 in 46. Council Bluffs is the only city in Iowa with a crime rate that ranks among the highest in the nation. All other Iowa cities are near or below the national average. In 2013 there were 47,686 reported cases of theft and 15,868 cases of burglary in Iowa. These numbers have been decreasing over the past few years while the number of vehicle thefts has actually increased. In 2013 there were 4,246 cases of vehicle theft which is about 200 more than the previous year. Residents can protect themselves from theft and keep crime rates low by installing surveillance systems in their homes and businesses. Properties with surveillance systems are known to experience less crime than those without. If a crime does occur, footage can be used as visual evidence to aid police in apprehending the criminal. Surveillance systems can be used in homes, offices, farms, retail stores and factories among many other locations.

Iowa State Capitol
1007 E Grand Ave
Des Moines, IA 50319

Terrace Hill
2300 Grand Ave
Des Moines, IA 50312

305 34th Ave NW
Altoona, IA 50009

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