Lack of patrols, excessive fees cited as key problems
|A business owner poses a question to Detroit Building Division Chief Steve Leggat at Byblos Banquets over inspections and fees from former property owners.
But on Thursday, Sept. 29, about 100 business owners, most of them based in Detroit,were given the chance to interact directly with a variety of Detroit police representatives to address key issues in a meeting organized by the Tri-County Business Committee at Byblos Banquets in Dearborn.
|Detroit Police Deputy Chief James Tolbert speaks about safety issues.
Tolbert stressed the importance of having a quality camera system installed as it is one of the best ways to deter crime. He said that positioning of the systems is also very important to be able to get clear images to prosecute criminals and also to record license plates, although the latter are harder to obtain.
|Detroit Police Deputy Chief James Tolbert.
A ‘secondary employment’ system is available for extra personal patrols according to Tolbert but they must be paid for at a rate of $50 per hour, and cover up to five stores in a mile radius. Many business owners seemed intrigued by the idea but a large portion of them thought the fee was not realistic for long-term use. Those interested can call the department at 313.596.5522, however.