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New Haven police urging stores to close earlier to prevent crimes

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NEW HAVEN, CT (WFSB) -

Police in New Haven are urging shop owners to close earlier to help curb the crime occurring outside their local businesses.

The Grand Avenue Deli, which has been opened for two months, usually closes at midnight, but after receiving a letter from the police, the store will be closing at 10 p.m.

The police are hoping to close stores early to help stop people from loitering, which leads to bigger problems such as fights, robberies and drug deals.

"Crime is everywhere," said Grand Avenue Deli Owner Ahmed Hadi. "I understand we're all concerned about crime in neighborhood. We are all concerned about crime in the neighborhood."

Several businesses along Grand Avenue received the letter, which is part of a zoning amendment to have stores close at 11 p.m. unless they get a special exemption.

One store, Pop's Grocery Store has a grandfather protection and can stay open until 2 a.m. However, the owner has decided to close at midnight during the week.

Several business owners have decided not to fight the police's plan and an effort has been made to close the businesses even earlier.

"I think regardless there's going to be crime," said Jessica Valedon of New Haven. "If you close the business they're going to lose business. That doesn't stop crime because there are other businesses. Unless you close all businesses at 11 p.m." 

The letters were handed to business owners by police officers.

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