Detroit Orders Stronger Surveillance at Gas Stations
The Detroit City Council has unanimously approved new requirements for digital surveillance equipment at gas stations, according to The Detroit Free Press. These upgrades could have provided a clearer image of the suspects involved in the beating of a motorist, 54-year-old Steve Utash, who hit a 10-year-old Detroit boy last week.
The new city ordinance sets minimum standards for the specifications and placement of video equipment at Detroit self-serve gas stations. The standards will have to be met for stations to renew their annual licenses by August 31.
A gas station’s license-holder must make video footage available to police within one hour of being told an investigation is underway at their station, according to the ordinance passed Tuesday. Gas station owners with three or more “documented criminal incidents” in a year must provide extra security measures set by the Police Department before getting their license renewed.