The cost of crime on Ottawa Street

The cost of crime on Ottawa Street

by Michael Carruth, Curbside Grill

Ottawa Street North is thriving, attracting people for food, antiques, and textiles. New businesses bring new customers and a good vibe to a street that is once again a Hamilton destination. Unfortunately there’s been a corresponding rise in crime. With the rash of break-ins over the past few months, merchants are left wondering what can be done.

These crimes affect us at multiple levels. On the financial side is the cost of the damage and the loss of stolen property. Owners work hard to make their shops into viable, successful businesses that provide a return for the investment. And of course there is emotional trauma after a break-in.

Discussions include possible solutions to curtail the occurances. There are things owners can do to help protect their property. Things like cameras and motion detectors are obvious but there are also little things such as not leaving cash on site. We have a good BIA that is working with merchants to seek solutions. Local police have been very helpful and have made themselves available any time there are questions or concerns.

But things have a way of slipping through the cracks.

Read the rest of the story with your copy of The Point coming April 1st.

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