Eighteen small businesses in Bedford-Stuyvesant and northern Crown Heights so far have volunteered to be Safe Stop Establishments– locations along commercial corridors that people can enter in case of an emergency, such as vulnerable seniors needing assistance, teens being bullied, LGBTQ individuals and women experiencing street harassment, or any other residents or visitors who are lost or in need of emergency or medical assistance.
Participating business owners underwent NYPD background checks and training to prepare them to provide a haven where they will also serve as eyes and ears in the community, reporting potential crimes or disturbances they observe.
Participating businesses can be identified by Safe Stop decals that will be displayed prominently in their front windows. New businesses wishing to join the program may sign up by calling 718.919.0740.
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