Downtown Milwaukee business owners take steps to ensure safety

Some business owners in downtown Milwaukee said they were concerned about the impact of the record number of homicides and crimes on their businesses. “What plans can we put in place to really protect and isolate downtown to make it a safe place?” Milwaukee Bucks President Peter Feigin said. Feigin said that to keep downtown safe, everyone needs to work together, from police to businesses. your traffic flows are. And in the longer term, of course, like all communities, we have to think about education, work development, job opportunities. And we need to think about how we move the city of Milwaukee forward,” Feigin Business owners said they’re installing more security cameras and working proactively with police. “I feel safe downtown. I love our downtown. I owned a bar/restaurant for 35 years. I have seen changes in our government. I have seen the softness on crime that has created this uncertainty for many business owners. And people who come from the bs suburbs who want to come here,” Vitucci said. Restaurateur Omar Shaikh is the owner of the new 3rd Street Market Hall on Wisconsin Avenue. We have doubled our security and are currently building a Milwaukee Police Department substation within a week which will be open in the food hall here at Ave. So it’s just a central location that feeds Wisconsin Avenue, the convention center, the symphony, where the police can come and write reports,” Shaikh said.

Some business owners in downtown Milwaukee have said they are concerned about the impact of the record number of homicides and crimes on their businesses.

“What plans can we put in place to really protect and isolate downtown to make it a safe place?” said Milwaukee Bucks president Peter Feigin.

Feigin said that to keep downtown safe, everyone needs to work together, from police to businesses.

“You have to do everything from how you light the place, to your people presence and security, to your traffic flows. And longer term, obviously, like every community, we have to think about education, job development, job opportunities. And we need to think about how we move the city of Milwaukee forward,” Feigin said.

Business owners said they were installing more security cameras and working proactively with police.

“We have fewer officers now than before,” said bar and restaurant owner Mike Vitucci.

Vitucci said criminal courts must hold people accountable.

“I feel safe downtown. I love our downtown. I’ve owned a bar/restaurant for 35 years. I’ve seen changes in our government. I’ve seen the sweetness to the crime that has created this uncertainty for many corporate owners and people who come from the suburbs and want to come here,” Vitucci said.

Restaurateur Omar Shaikh is the owner of the new 3rd Street Market Hall on Wisconsin Avenue.

“We’ve doubled our security, and we’re actually building a Milwaukee Police Department substation in a week that will be open in the food hall here on the ave. So it’s just a central location that feeds Wisconsin Avenue, for the convention center, the symphony, where the police can come and write reports,” Shaikh said.

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