Detroit’s city government can’t prevent crime

by Walter Olson on June 13, 2014

So instead it will require private businesses to invest in security measures. I explain in a new Cato post. In January I noted an unsuccessful bill in the Maryland legislature to require gas station owners to maintain videocamera system.

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1 gasman 06.14.14 at 2:42 pm

Perhaps they do so on the theory that businesses are an attractive nuisance that needs to bear the cost of its own protection.
Never mind that these businesses that the city will inevitably drive out are the principal source of revenue for the city government. The police can run a ‘forfeiture’ ring for a while for additional revenue, but very quickly anything worth forfeiting is leaving the city.

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