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Convenience Store Security

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By Maggie Wade - bio| email

JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Should convenience stores that operate in Jackson be required to provide security guards at their businesses? A meeting was held at Jackson City Hall Thursday night to address violence at convenience stores here in the Capital City.

Councilman Kenneth Stokes called the meeting following the murder of delivery man, William Morris, at the Super Saver Convenience Store earlier this month. He says this was an opportunity to hear from store owners about their plans to protect customers. One store owner says security should not be mandatory.

"If the city wants to provide us security guard we are willing to take it, but we cannot afford to pay," said Surinder Singh, President of the Mississippi Business Owners Association.

"The police department cannot be a security guard for convenience stores, that's something everyone knows. You can't just protect convenience stores, they must protect citizens throughout these neighborhoods," Stokes said.

No other council members attended the meeting.  Only a handful of store owners were at City Hall. They tell us they own about 90 percent of the convenience stores in the Jackson area.

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