MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Although Berkeley County won't be taking additional security measures for courtrooms in the near future, it will install an alarm system at the courthouse annex building, which was burglarized last week.
The Berkeley County Commission is accepting bids for a security system in the annex at 110 W. King St. Over the weekend, someone smashed a rear glass door at the building and took a safe from the Berkeley County Fire Board's office.
Commission President James C. Smith said the building's security had been a priority in the ongoing plans to upgrade and renovate the adjacent buildings, and was not prompted by the break-in.
"This is part of the action, not part of the reaction," said Commissioner Robert Burkhart.
Neither building has a security alarm. The commissioners said they will hold off on installing an alarm system at the old courthouse building until upgrades and renovations begin there.