After an armed carjacking in broad daylight Thursday, supporters of the Miracle Mile business district say it’s another reason why their surveillance upgrades are so important.
“We feel that it’s a very positive thing to offer,” said Rockford 10th Ward Alderman Frank Beach. “[To offer] not only the business people, the police department but also those that we want to shop in this area. We are doing everything we can to keep this a safe place to come.”
Crazy Joe’s Furniture and Mattresses manager Jose Hernandez says cameras give businesses peace of mind.
“Not only the business owners, employees and the customers,” said Hernandez . “But, just peace of mind knowing that if there were a crime to happen its being monitored.”
Evea Free is the manager at Domino’s Pizza on East State Street. A big believer in the power of security cameras, Free says she has cameras throughout the inside and outside of her house.
“Crime happens everywhere,” said Free. “Doesn’t matter where you’re at, where you stay or anything. It’s happening everywhere. We have to be protected.”
Domino’s Pizza is right across the street from where the carjacking took place. Free says that’s too close for comfort.
“When it happens so close. Especially because sometimes we’re here so late. It’s a realization that it could happen right here to us. It can be a little scary.”