2 bodegas in the Bronx install 'panic buttons' amid spike in crime at businesses

Los Cuatro Hermano Grocery says the installation of their panic button is a sigh of relief, and workers say that they are faced with violence weekly.

Brittany Cadet and News 12 Staff

Jun 27, 2024, 2:13 AM

Updated 25 days ago

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After a series of recent attacks on bodega workers, the United Bodegas of America has been asking for panic buttons to give workers more safety. On Wednesday, those buttons were installed in two Bronx bodegas.
Los Cuatro Hermano Grocery says the installation of their panic button is a sigh of relief, and workers say that they are faced with violence weekly.
A total of four bodegas were chosen by the UBA across the five boroughs to receive these panic buttons. They cost around $3,000 a year to have from the company SaferWatch.
The button, when pressed, contacts the 911 calling center. It can also notify the president of the UBA, neighboring businesses, and anyone else the owner of the business wants notified.


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