2003-07-25 / Community

The RDRC Community Update

Security is Key to a Successful Business
By Curtis Archer, Executive Director
The RDRC Community Update By Curtis Archer, Executive Director Security is Key to a Successful Business

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Owning your own business can be quite demanding but hopefully at the end of the day rewarding. The daily grind of running a business can at times seem overwhelming and this is why critical planning is vital in ensuring the smooth running of your business.

Planning is key, but unfortunately certain factors cannot be eliminated all together, only controlled. One of these major factors is crime. Businesses, big and small, cannot escape the costly repercussions resulting from criminal activities such as robbery or burglary.

In a recent article featured in Crains, the columnist talks about bodegas and the other small mom & pop shops typically located in distressed communities, becoming the popular target for criminal activity. Why is this? Because these operations are purely cash based businesses, they make them a favorite target among the less sophisticated criminal.

The city council is currently launching a pilot program to study the effectiveness of security cameras as a viable deterrent for bodegas and other small mom & pop shops. Citing the success enjoyed by the installation of such cameras in livery taxis, the city council has decided to introduce the bill. It is hoped the that the success of this initiative will mean decreasing criminal activity while increasing both employment opportunities and revenue for the business owners.

RDRC is steadily watching the progress of the pilot program. The pilot program has been targeted for bodegas in the Bronx, primarily in the district of City Council Majority Leader Joel Rivera. It should be noted that Mr. Rivera originally sponsored the bill that allowed for security cameras in the livery taxis.

If the pilot program proves successful, RDRC will support Rockaway’s bodegas and small business owners in applying for funding for the security cameras.

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