Fed up with crime, residents protest Detroit gas station to join Green Light

- People who live in the area of Gratiot and Eight Mile say drugs and other crimes are taking over their Detroit neighborhood.

Those who live there are asking for their gas station to join the city Project Green Light, which would provide special cameras to help catch the bad guys.

"There's a lot of activity that goes on at this intersection with the drugs and everything," said Tanya Hall of the Regent Park neighborhood. "Why facilitate it? "This particular owner has ignored us."

But these community leaders are persistent.

"This is our fourth time here," said protester George Preston to a clerk. "When is your manager going to be here? Every time we come we're told he's not here."

Their mission is for the station to join Project Green Light allows businesses to partner with police giving them access to security cameras and putting the criminals
On notice.

"They are going to start dispersing once they see the community cares," said Preston, president of Mohican Neighborhood Association.

But one FOX 2 viewer who says the Green Light may keep criminals away from those who participate in the program but it simply sends them into the neighborhoods. That was a complaint for the downtown area near Temple and Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, where two liquor stores have Green Lights.

Police say if that's the case, report it. FOX 2 spoke with police who routinely patrol the area and they say they do notice trouble - loitering, drug activity, drug users coming to the gas station to do that illegal activity and then go back across the street. They think this station would greatly benefit from joining Project Green Light.

And that protection comes with a cost with up to $1,000 down and then $140 to $180 a month for digital storage and camera fees. The cost is one reason they believe the owner hasn’t bought in yet.

"You have to invest in your business if you want people to patronize it," Hall said.

But residents say the owner is hard to get a hold of. FOX 2 didn't have luck finding the owner either, no answer at his house and no calls returned.

But this group doesn't give up so easily.

"I think the next step is to call corporate - the Gulf name - and let them know they are not listening to the community," Hall said.

Their persistence paid off earlier this summer they got the Dunkin’ Donuts just across the street to listen, getting a Dunkin' Donuts in the area to join Green Light, which it did.

It is a formula they hope to duplicate here. The group plans to come back here Tuesday morning for a sit down with the owner of the gas station. 

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