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December 7, 2016
WABE 90.1


Atlanta Council Member Wants Better Security At Gas Stations

WABE 90.1 | DEC 7, 2016

An Atlanta City Council member intends to make gas stations do more to stop crimes on their premises.

Keisha Lance Bottoms introduced legislation that would require stations and convenience stores to pay for their own security.

Bottoms, who represents a southwest Atlanta district, says the ordinance was prompted by personal experience.

“I was a victim of a crime at a gas station and someone took my purse and my phone,” Bottoms said, “and I’ve had several friends who have also been victims.”

The rule would apply to businesses that have experienced more than two violent crimes in a year.

The legislation will need support from the rest of the city council to move forward.

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