Bronx store owner predicted NYPD leadership could lead to confrontation
NY Police are telling businesses they should require customers to take off their masks as a “entry condition” amid a surge in robberies in the Big Apple.
NYPD Chief Jeffrey Maddrey said during a press conference last week that masks allow thieves to evade CCTV detection. according to local PIX 11.
“People come up to our businesses, sometimes wearing masks, sometimes wearing masks, hoods and latex gloves, and they are let in, they get a call and they are allowed to enter the store, and we have a robbery going on,” Maddrey said.
“We are asking enterprises to make this a condition of entry so that people show their face when they enter, they have to identify themselves,” continued the head of the department.
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Maddry noted that most businesses in the city did not allow masked customers before the pandemic.
“We need our businesses to be proactive and do their due diligence. We need to make sure people identify themselves,” Maddry said.
Francisco Marte, owner of a wine cellar in the Bronx, spoke to local WABC-TVsaid he feared the NYPD’s whistleblowing leadership could lead to a confrontation with customers who want to remain masked due to COVID-19.
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“It would be great if everyone came face up so the camera could see, we could all see. But we can’t force them to take off their mask,” said Marte, who was reportedly fired three times.
According to the publication, Marte is installing facial recognition in his video surveillance system.
“They should try to do something to try and bring down the crime rate because it’s out of control,” grocery store shopper Norma Jean told WABC. “I don’t remember it being so bold in your face either.”
Mayor Eric Adams, Democrat recently advertised that shootings in 2022 were down 17% and homicides down 11% from 2021 data. However, as these violent crimes declined, robberies, burglaries, assault, grand larceny and other crimes continued in the city, showing a 22% increase in such crimes compared to 2021.
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