A GOLD shop owner had no choice but to close up his shop due to too many bad interactions with people in the neighborhood.
Adnan Polat, Gold Rush Jewellers owner, has closed down his store in Maple Ridge, B.C., Canada, due to open drug use and crime.
Polat explained he has had to call the cops multiple times over repeated occurrences and threats.
“Every day I (have to) call security at least four to five times,” Polat told Global News on Saturday.
“This is a bad situation. I (ask them) to please move, they do drugs and do not want to be interrupted.
“Most of them do not listen and argue with me. They threaten you, ‘I will break your window.’”
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The crime has forced Polat to shutter doors because it is bad for business.
“There is no way to do business here,” he said.
Polat said he just wants to run his business somewhere that he feels safe at.
“Customers call me and say they want to come to the store and if I can help them get into the store the back way … (The customers) are scared to (come).”
Niloo Asadi, a security manager for the area said they try to prevent the crime but that there are so many interactions that it gets out of control.
It is also common for customers to be escorted into stores when they feel unsafe.
“We’re trying our best. (We are) trying to (mitigate) bad impact on the businesses but it sometimes gets out of control because there are too many (bad interactions),” Niloo Asadi, a Westridge Security manager, said.
“Businesses are frustrated by what is happening and we are trying our best to be everywhere.
“(We) try our best to escort customers into businesses when they feel scared.”
Crime has gotten so bad in the area that a community safety program counselor with the city, Ahmed Yousef said, “Customers can not come downtown and shop safely.”
Yousef said Maple Ridge has open drug use policies that truly need to be addressed to better the safety conditions.
In December, the B.C. court also blocked a new laws trying to ban the public use of drugs because “irreparable harm will be caused,” Associated Press reported.
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