Bodega owners invest in safety measures following death of ‘Junior’

Bodega owners continue to arm themselves with technology to keep their workers and their communities safe following the death of Lesandro “Junior” Guzman-Feliz two years ago.

News 12 Staff

Jun 21, 2020, 6:42 PM

Updated 1,436 days ago

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Bodega owners continue to arm themselves with technology to keep their workers and their communities safe following the death of Lesandro “Junior” Guzman-Feliz two years ago. 
In June 20, 2018, the 15-year-old was murdered at a bodega in the Bronx at the corner of 183 Street and Bathgate Avenue. 
In January 2019, the Safe Haven Bodega program was created at the location where Junior was attacked.
The six-step program equips bodegas with a state-of-the-art camera system, LED lighting outside, magnetic locks, shatterproof glass and a panic button that automatically contacts the local precinct. 
The NYPD pitched in by giving bodega owners and the United Bodegas of America organization guidance on how best to protect themselves.
Out of about 20,000 bodegas across New York City, only about a dozen or so have signed on so far, most of them in the Bronx. 
The program costs about $2,000 to $3,000. 


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