‘Safe Stop’ Program Kicks Off In Brooklyn Following Leiby Kletzky’s Death

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The Brooklyn district attorney’s office began placing special stickers in storefront windows Tuesday letting children know it is a safe place to go for help in the event of an emergency.

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The Safe Stop program was launched following Athe kidnapping and murder of 8-year-old Leiby Kletzky of Borough Park.

Kletzky had become lost while on his way to meet his mother after leaving a day camp. Police said Levi Aron picked up the boy, took him back to his apartment and then killed him.

The program begins with business owners and employees undergoing voluntary background checks. Those who pass will put a green Safe Haven decal in the storefront window.

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Johnny's Pizza in Sunset Park, one of the merchants participating in the Safe Stop program (credit: Juliet Papa/1010 WINS)

Johnny’s Pizza in Sunset Park became one of the first merchants to sport the Safe Stop decal.

“It’s a good thing to do, it’s a good thing for the community, and it’s a good step for Brooklyn” owner John Miniaci said.

The effort has been in the works for years but Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes said the program has been given added poignancy because of Kletzky’s murder.

“It really is just an oasis for someone who feels threatened,” Hynes said. 

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Renee Giordano, of the local Business Improvement District, said the stores are here to shelter anyone who feels they are in danger, lost or ill.

“None of our businesses would ever turn away anyone in need but this way they have the backing of the DA’s office and precinct,” Giordano said.

About 45 storeowners have volunteered to participate in the program.

The program is one of the steps the community has taken in the aftermath of the Kletzky murder case to make the neighborhood safer.

Last month, lawmakers introduced “Leiby’s Initiative” which would give a $500 annual tax credit to any New York City property owner who installs and maintains surveillance cameras on their property.

Do you think these initiatives will make the community safer? Sound off below…

  • Progressive Observer

    The decal only means the people who submitted to the check passed, it can’t possibly mean that anyone who might be in the business is safe or that even the people who passed are going to be safe on that particular day. It is more Big Brother type false security like the endless cameras that far outnumber the police available to respond in time or even able to carefully watch.

    It would have been better to create or better publicize real safe zones staffed by trained professionals where children who are lost or in trouble can go.

  • tara

    As the oldest sibling I was the one walking my two younger siblings EVERYWHERE. Granted it wasnt the best of options as it places a lot of responsibilty on a child his/herslf to look out for other ones but it was better than the other kids who in my nieghborhood were victimized by pedophiles (some of them priests who targeted boys from alcoholic families whose own mothers asked the parish for guidance-not knowing they were basically handing their sons over to pedophiles)–or kids who were lured by drug dealers.
    I agree the program is a good idea–but not without some concerns–most child molesters dont have any criminal background until they are caught–its a false sense of security.
    Why cant the police stations themselves have safe pionts where kids know how to get in touch with the police? Or a firehouse, or medical center, or school.
    Children under 14 should not be allowed without an adult anywhere.
    Why cant we just hold parents accountable?

    • lydiass

      Who’s calling the shots here – the child, or the parent? A child of 8 is far too young to be marching around Brooklyn unaccompanied by a guardian. I know parents who accompany their kids to class right on up thru hugh school. Better safe than sorry.
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  • Donnatella Soleil

    So what happens when someone forges those signs and uses them to lure children into a false sense of security? What then?

  • Aprille Turner

    I want to know the same thing, why wasn’t this in place before? By comparison, “Code Adam” has been in existence for over a 15 years. This program should have been carried over to all public businesses. While, I’m glad that ‘Safe Haven’ has been initiated, I am at the same time, disappointed that lawmakers have not invested more time and resources in providing safety programs all over this country, but specifically in metropolitian cities like Brooklyn. I do want to commend the assemblyman and everyone for what they are doing to make the city safer for children. At least something is being done. I want to say to parents and all caregivers of children-Act in wisdom, teach your child of the dangers of this world, teach them safety and use good judgment of what you allow them to do, where to go or who they are around. Parenting is the first responsibility in providing a safe haven for a child.

  • Nathan

    I remember my parents used to walk me to and from school until i was a senior in high school…..

  • ak66

    B.S ! Poor kid didn’t know it’s an emergency until it was too late. On the other hand, if a kid knows it’s an emergency, he/she would knock in ANY door, without checking for a sticker.

  • CT Native

    Locking the barn door after the cows have escaped?

  • JA

    Wow! It’s amazing how much impact the Jewish Community has. This program has been put in place in response to a crime that happened less than a month ago.

    Why is the city’s response so lax when it comes to other communities?

    • don't know why?

      We all know why, shall we have to say it now?

  • DanTe

    Why wasn’t this program launched much sooner?

    • Don

      there was safe haven program instituted years ago when i was in high school…i still see some of the yellow and black stickers in shop windows. this program wont work if the KIDS dont know about it as with the first one.


        WHAT A JOKE…..




  • Parents watch your children

    Good program but bottom line is parents should walk there underage children home and we will not have to worry about this.Just get the lazy parent to actually walk with there child.

    • Hayley

      While I agree parents should be walking their children home, the parents of Leiby Kletzy were far from lazy!!! Their son had begged to walk home on his own, like other children at his camp. He was attempting to show independence.

      • Rose

        I agree. Who’s calling the shots here – the child, or the parent? A child of 8 is far too young to be marching around Brooklyn unaccompanied by a guardian. I know parents who accompany their kids to class right on up thru hugh school. Better safe than sorry.


        Haley, so if your 8 year old bugs you to death to get him a gun you would have given him a gun or what ever else is prohibited for a boy to have at that age?

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