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Security system delay due to new schools

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WATERLOO (KWWL) - Each year thousands of eastern Iowa families experience a burglary in their home.

That's why many are turning to security systems.

In fact, the Justice Department finds, nationwide, one in four homes now has a burglar alarm.

However, some are finding if they want a security system, they'll have to wait.

New public schools mean more installations of security systems, fire alarms and more so you may have to wait several weeks before installers could make it to your home.

There's one week to go before students pass through the doors at the new Kittrell Elementary School in Waterloo.

It means workers are putting finishing touches on the school, including security cameras and fire alarms.

"Extremely busy this month. All the schools are trying to open. This last week has been the big push. They want occupancy at all the new schools," said Jeffery A. Hayward of Hawkeye Alarm.

Hayward says all of Hawkeye Alarm's employees are in the field working against deadlines to make sure systems are in place.

He says that means those who want a system in place now will have to wait.

"There's at least a 2-3 week waiting period right now. At least a 2-3 week. We're almost turning people away right now," said Hayward.

Kittrell and Carver Middle in Waterloo, Aplington-Parkersburg High School, and Holmes Junior High in Cedar Falls are all undergoing construction or renovations for this school year.

All are set to open when school starts later this month.

Online Reporter:  Bob Waters

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