Mich. law changes considered after clerk vanishes

Some Michigan lawmakers are considering whether surveillance cameras or other security measures should be required at certain businesses following the disappearance of a 25-year-old mother and gas station night clerk in the Muskegon area.
AP Wire
May 3, 2013


Police said there was no surveillance video at the Exxon Mobil gas station in Norton Shores where Jessica Heeringa was working when she disappeared nearly a week ago.

Democratic state Rep. Marcia Hovey-Wright of Muskegon, Republican state Sen. Goeff Hansen of Hart and Democratic state Rep. Collene Lamonte of Montague said they'll explore ways to get a law in place to protect convenience store employees. Hansen said Heeringa's disappearance brought the issue to light.

Police have released portions of two surveillance videos from other area businesses showing a silver or gray Chrysler minivan, but they offer little detail.



I don't see something like this happening, not that it wouldn't help in a case like this, but telling an entrepreneur they have to comply might be tough to pass. Might they then tell them how many people to employee, help them with schedules, etc. No women alone after dark, or not alone at all for that matter. What lights to install, color combinations for buildings, what to put on sale...

This is a case by case security issue and depends on the location, clientele, employees, and the owner’s conscience. You can't wrap a blanket around this to show you care; we all care already.


There are plenty of laws and regulations already the businesses must follow, especially when it comes to safety of employees. This would be one of the cheaper ones to comply with dice cost of cameras, DVRs etc are so cheap now adays. Personally I don't see why a owner wouldn't want one, it would benefit them in many areas.

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I have a problem with any high public use business having a single employee after dark let alone a female as they are easy prey for most any male to overpower and there's no backup around. Even in "safe" areas as cirminals have vehicles too! High clarity security "cameras" should be mandatory in all businesses where money is echanged/used. NO exceptions! The problem is that a security camera records what happened but the that means the crime or problem has already occured. Yes it sure helps to catch criminals after the crime but more than one employee gives an eye witness/witnesses and a victim and substanciated by recorded video. Certainly would be a step in the right direction and be a helpful deterrent to much of the easy crime.


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