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City approves ordinance to require businesses to install security cameras

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The city of Saginaw is taking steps to cut down on crime by catching crooks in the act.

City leaders approved a new ordinance that will require businesses to install security cameras. The goal is to reduce crime in the city and give officers an edge when searching for criminals.

"Well yeah, that's a good idea," said Raed Alsahuri, owner of Trogans Party Store.

Alsahuri supports the ordinance. He has installed cameras and lights throughout his store in an effort to ensure the safety of everyone who visits his store.

"Not just us, the customers feel safe. It's like 'oh you see my car outside.' You see people standing outside. So yes, it helps us and it helps the customers," Alsahuri said.

The ordinance calls for a wide range of businesses, but not all, to install at least three cameras. One for the front door, one for the cash register and one for the parking lot.

Places like pawn shops, party stores, gun dealers, banks and hotels would be affected.

Saginaw Mayor Dennis Browning said ordinances similar to this one have been successful in other Michigan cities, serving as a deterrent to crime.

"No camera system or lighting. I mean, it added up to disaster waiting to happen. And of course we want to prevent that if we can," Browning said.

The ordinance passed on Feb. 19. It requires businesses to comply by Feb. 28, 2019.

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