Two Prince George’s County Council members hope to better protect late-night convenience stores by requiring the businesses to better prepare for robberies.
Two council bills presented by Eric Olson (D-Dist. 3) of College Park and Mel Franklin (D-Dist. 9) of Upper Marlboro call for specific safety requirements for every convenience store open within the hours of 11 p.m. and 6 a.m., such as operating two high-definition, color surveillance cameras, installing a safe on-site to keep large amounts of cash away from the register, posting “No loitering” signs and providing training for employees.
“When looking at crime statistics, a significant portion of our robberies are happening at convenience stores in the middle of the night,” Olson said. “If we can take measures to reduce the opportunities for robberies at convenience stores overnight, that’s going to drive down numbers across the board.”
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