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West Side business owners meet to find ways to curb crime

Councilwoman suggests setting up communication platform

SAN ANTONIO – “Build a network among business owners.” That was one of the suggestions to deter crime on the West Side at the first general meeting of the West Commerce Business Alliance.

KSAT spoke with District 5 Councilwoman Shirley Gonzales on Tuesday about crime in the area after we found 73 robberies and burglaries all targeting businesses.

On Wednesday, Gonzales suggested that business owners form some type of communication platform to notify each other when they’ve been hit.

“Once we have an appropriate means of communication with each other, alerts can be sent out right away. ‘I've been a victim of crime.’ Or ‘I've witnessed a crime. Please be on guard,’” Gonzales said.

“What I have learned to be most effective is knowing who is walking up and down the street,” said Jamie Macias, founder of the West Commerce Business Alliance.

The group plans to have police speak at a future meeting to talk about ways to prevent crime.

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