A program in Detroit, Michigan called Project Green Light offers businesses a quicker response from police if they are willing to pay for equipment that allows the police to monitor their storefronts in real time.
In partnership with cable giant Comcast, the Detroit Police Department has installed Green Light at more than 230 businesses since January 2016.
Now Mayor Mike Duggan would like to make participation mandatory for all businesses open past 10 p.m.
Duggan said the city will start with requiring the camera systems for bars, restaurants, gas stations and other businesses open between midnight and 4 a.m. during the "highest risk" time for crimes to occur. Then the city will move to businesses open after 10 p.m., he said.
The program, which has been credited with decreased crime rates in the vicinity of participating businesses, allows officers in the DPD's Real-Time Crime Center in the Detroit Public Safety Headquarters to keep an eye on each business. It also results in faster response times when a crime is in progress - emergency calls from Green Light businesses take precedence over calls from businesses who are not signed up.
Businesses in the Green Light project get extra patrols from Detroit Police Department officers who stop in to sign a log book, documenting the visit. Startup costs for getting the surveillance cameras installed ranges between $1,000 and $6,000, with monthly costs for cloud storage of the video starting at around $140.