STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Many North Shore merchants are tired of the “high crime” stigma they say is associated with the Bay Street business corridor.
To combat the stigma — and at the same time make the area safer for shoppers and merchants — the North Shore Business Association, along with Councilwoman Debi Rose (D-North Shore) and the 120 Police Precinct, kicked off the Safe Haven and Street Camera Incentive programs at a press conference outside Bay Street Medical Pavilion in Stapleton on Tuesday.
“Everyone still thinks it’s like it was during the 1980s down here … While the area is still morphing into a safer community, we feel that as a business community we can begin to set the tone and pace as well,” said Bobby Digi, North Shore Business Association president.
Said Glen Mancuso, of All State Insurance and vice president of the North Shore Business Association: “We want to convince people that Bay Street is safe again. People can come down here; they aren’t going to be robbed or shot at. You can come here, enjoy dinner and do some shopping.”
The two programs are open to the hundreds of merchants that exist along the three-mile Bay Street commercial strip from Rosebank to Port Richmond, said Digi.
“These two programs were created in response to some of the concerns that we were getting from our members, and the local business community about safety after hours along the Bay Street corridor,” said Dr. Matthew Criscuolo, physical therapist at Bay Street Medical Pavilion and North Shore Business Association board member.
STREET CAMERA INCENTIVE PROGRAM
The Street Camera Incentive program gives small business owners the opportunity to upgrade, repair or initiate street camera security for their business. Police officers from the 120 Police Precinct’s Crime Prevention Unit will conduct a free security survey for businesses, and provide tips for the best security measures, said Ms. Rose.
The North Shore Business Association will subsidize a portion of the security equipment cost as an incentive for merchants to apply for the program.
“If you’re a business owner who’s looking to upgrade your camera, fill out the application and we will match the costs of the upgrade,” said Digi.
“If you’re looking to get new cameras and your application is accepted, we will be contributing some dollars,” he added.
SAFE HAVEN PROGRAM
North Shore businesses that choose to participate in the Safe Haven program agree to offer persons in need, such as a lost child or an individual in need of medical attention, assistance and a safe place to rest until help arrives.
And participation in the program is simple. By posting a decal in their storefront window identifying it as a “safe haven,” merchants can take part in the program.
Ms. Rose said the Safe Haven program has been modeled after one she initiated in 2010 along the Port Richmond Avenue commercial district.
“These initiatives have a proven track record of keeping people safe. In 2010, when Port Richmond was plagued by a series of crimes against Mexican-Americans, my office launched a similar decal program there,” said Ms. Rose, noting crimes in the area have significantly dropped since the program was launched.
“The decals are primarily intended to alert residents of businesses that can provide a safe haven — whether it be a place to call for help or just have a seat and a drink of water. But they also promote a sense of community in the neighborhood,” she added.
Participating safe haven establishments will be listed with a link to their homepage on the North Shore Business Association’s website.
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