NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Newark officials are hoping to make the neighborhood safer with a new alcohol ordinance that took effect Monday.
Officials said some bars and liquor stores attracted the wrong crowds and were known as havens for public drinking, panhandling, and drug dealing.
“I experienced a lot of prostitution around the neighborhood,” Rafael Concepcion, owner of El Merengue Restaurant & Lounge on Broadway, told 1010 WINS’ Steve Sandberg.
Concepcion decided to take action and installed surveillance cameras to deter the criminal element.
“Believe me, it really works,” Concepcion said. “It helped to prevent a lot of crime.”
Under the new law, all bars and liquor stores in Newark are required to have outdoor surveillance cameras and the footage must be made available to law enforcement.
“More and more cameras throughout the city have assisted our detectives in solving crimes and it’s now just become a staple of our investigations that take place each and every day,” said Newark Police Department Director Samuel DeMaio.
Business owners who fail to follow the law could face stiff fines.