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Operation Safe Shopper

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In May 2017, Borough President Adams announced the latest installment of Operation Safe Shopper in front of Almac Hardware, a small business situated at the entrance to Newkirk Plaza in Ditmas Park, following a wave of violent crimes in the surrounding neighborhood. The initiative is a public-private partnership between Brooklyn Borough Hall, local civic organizations, and the New York City Police Department (NYPD), which funds the deployment of security cameras in neighborhoods across Brooklyn to assist with the investigation of local crimes. Through this second phase of the program, he allocated $2,500 each in discretionary funds to the Brooklyn Heights Association (BHA), the 69th Precinct Community Council in Canarsie, as well as the Church Avenue BID, Flatbush Avenue BID, and Flatbush Development Corporation (FDC) in Flatbush.

Through Operation Safe Shopper, participating local civic organizations agree to identify storefront locations that provide optimal views of street activity for the installation of street-facing security cameras, through consultation with their local police precinct, as well as to purchase the security camera systems. Selected businesses are responsible for the maintenance, upkeep, and repair of their security cameras, as well as their registration with their local police precinct. In the event of a police investigation, businesses will make video footage recorded by the security cameras available to the NYPD. In this new phase of Operation Safe Shopper, Borough President Adams partnered with BHA for the first-ever utilization of this initiative along a residential corridor, namely Joralemon Street.

In its inaugural year in 2016, Borough President Adams allocated $2,500 discretionary grants to the Alliance for Coney Island, Crown Heights Jewish Community Council, Myrtle Avenue Revitalization Project Local Development Corporation (LDC) in Clinton Hill and Fort Greene, Pitkin Avenue Business Improvement District (BID) in Brownsville, as well as the Park Slope Fifth Avenue BID. Less than one month since the deployment of the initial phase of Operation Safe Shopper last year, cameras along Albany Avenue in Crown Heights were integral in assisting the NYPD in arresting an individual robbing people at knifepoint.