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Businesses Partner with Police for Crime Crack Down on Miller Lane
BUTLER TOWNSHIP -- Businesses in Butler Township are partnering with police for a new Miller Lane Business Watch.
"If you're up to no good, you really need to stay out of this community," said Janet Wood. She manages the Red Roof Inn on Miller Lane and attended the fist business watch meeting August 13.
Police say there's a need for the new coalition.
"About fifty seven percent of all our police calls come from the Miller Lane Business District," said Butler Township Police Chief John Cresie.
"They may not all actually be committing an actual crime, they may be just simply behaving badly. Yelling, fighting, issues like that," Wood added.
Businesses also expressed concerned at the meeting about instances of drinking and partying in business parking lots, thefts, increased circulation of counterfeit bills, and prostitution. Wood says it's all affecting her hotel.
"When you have all this additional traffic and you add a Walmart and thirty other businesses to a street, you have a certain percentage of clientele that isn't what you're looking for," she said.
There are 11 hotels within Butler Township, and countless other businesses, but they agree the problems are worst in the "after hours" at night. At the meeting, some employees expressed they did not feel safe leaving work and walking to their cars.
"Nobody wants to have to always be on alert," Wood said, "But you have to. You absolutely have to be because being off of a highway, you never know who's going to pull off of a major highway."
"Basically when they realize that a certain area will not accept bad behavior, the. That behavior will go away," said Chief Cresie.
To stop the crime, police are asking businesses if they see something, to call right away. The department will make it a priority.
Butler Township can be reached by calling 937-890-2671.
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