Many Greenwich, Conn. Residents None Too Pleased With Apple’s New Security Measures

It Seems The Sight Of A Security Gate In Store Is Ruining Shopping Atmosphere

GREENWICH, Conn. (CBSNewYork) — It is security versus serenity along the glitzy shopping strip in this tony Fairfield County town.

The Apple computer store’s decision to install a city-style security gate has suburban shoppers shocked, reports CBS 2’s Lou Young.

Protecting the iPads and portable computers at the Apple store on upscale Greenwich Avenue has become a controversy along what many consider be our area’s version of Rodeo Drive.

The Apple store wants to take security measures some believe are very un-Greenwich-like.

“I do think it would change the ambiance,” shopper Dianne Coletti said.

“This is Greenwich. People like things different,” Jeff Tausch added.

But the decision to upgrade security comes on the heals an overnight smash and grab by a robbery crew this past December, the type of crime previously unheard of on Greenwich Avenue — just like the security gate proposed to prevent a repeat.

“I think with today’s economy I think they should do it,” shopper Gail Cohen said.

The plans indicate the planned gate is well inside the glass at the store and the truth is the town has no authority to control what the merchant does inside. However, since the gate is visible from the outside, Greenwich is asking Apple not to do it.

“The installation of this type of gate on the front of a retail establishment creates a very unsettling atmosphere,” First Selectman Peter Tesei said. “We would appeal them to look at some alternative security measures.”

Apple isn’t alone in being victimized by crime. Betterridge Jewelers on Greenwich Avenue was also hit by smash-and-grab robbers this past winter, but it hired an armed security guard as a deterrent — an expensive solution not everyone is inclined to follow.

“I think Apple has a right to protect their own store. If it changes the ambiance of the town, that’s unfortunate, but that may be a sign of our times,” shopper Richard Slagle said.

There was no comment Thursday from Apple headquarters.

There have been no arrests in the Dec. 14 robbery at the Greenwich Apple store.

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  1. OPR says:

    This is lamentable writing with no obvious proofreading employed.

    “…the decision to upgrade security comes on the heals [sic] an overnight smash and grab by a robbery crew….”

    The correct idomatic phrase is “comes on the HEELS of”. Not only did the writer misspell the word “heels”, but they omitted the preposition “of.”

    I would suggest a remedial English course for both the author and his/her editor.

    1. OPR says:

      *idiomatic

  2. 2gruesome2b says:

    sounds like the old saw that a neo-conservative is a liberal who has been mugged. what would be the look-down-nose types do if their homes were broken into?scream like bloody hell, i’m sure, and go into a rant about the inadequacy of the police.

  3. NYer says:

    How about a solid gate inside the store that has a lifesize picture of the store on it, so it does not look like a gate? Problem solved!

  4. lydiass says:

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  5. M.O'Reilly says:

    It’s not a threat it’s a scenario for a movie titled “How I lost my tooth braces
    when running away from the orthodiontists’s bill”.
    Actually I think the above commentator was stating the usual “Locks on your
    door are only respected by honest people”.
    I am also wondering if Apple has any video of the break in?

  6. Police Chief Wiggam says:

    “Not to worry. I’ll catch them.

    Lou, you boys go out there and round up the usual suspects
    …and stop by the doughnut store and get me some of them sprinkle ones, I like those.”

  7. Yodawg says:

    Well, it’s 9 months later and the Greenwich PD hasn’t found the previous culprits and more than likely can’t prevent any future smash and grabs. Unless the town of Greenwich is willing to put its money where its mouth is and be willing to pay for any damage and product loss due to the Apple Store not having a security gate, they should shut the hell up.

  8. MCK says:

    Why don’t you snobs just suck it up! Maybe a group of you would like to take turns standing outside the Apple store after hours arms linked together protecting the store! Of course that may cut into martini time with Mumsy but hey….you can’t have everything!

    1. Mumsy says:

      Don’t drag ME into this.

  9. D says:

    Looks like they’ve already lost the ambiance of small-town tony security, given they’ve already had breakins in that store, and the tony community police have not solved the crime (priority too low)? If so, the town has no moral standing to complain at increased security — especially since the complaint is entirely aesthetic. What, break-ins don’t look as bad as steel gates?

    1. Lenny says:

      Camera 1: Close up of clueless resident whining: “That doesn’t happen in this neighborhood.”

      Camera 2: Close up of damaged shop.

      Conclution: Shut up idiot, you’re on the news. Apparently it DOES happen in your neighborhood.

  10. Rudy Gu lee annie says:

    Poor,poor babies, London riot’s tells you security gates do not deter a mob.
    What these folks in Greenwhich are really fearing is that they are so
    close to 9 million New Yorkers and if we were to riot there nothing
    could stop the mayhem, but that is truly unthinkable ,right?

    1. D says:

      Is that a threat?

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