“Knock on wood that we’re in a pretty good position for being by Racine PD,” Jensen said. “But we’ve definitely been down the last few weeks. I’m not sure if it’s because of spring or if it’s because of the robberies. It’s been a rough couple weeks.
“Everyone is fed up with it and a lot are locking their doors,” she said. “My mom (who own’s the bar) refuses to do that.”
Jensen said officers with the Racine Police Department have been keeping in contact.
“They’ll come in couple times at night and do a walk through and they have parked in our lot. It could be deterring the robberies, and the drinkers, I’m not sure,” she said. “I’ve been seeing where a lot of people have been having bonfires.”
Joey LeGath, who owns several bars in the Racine area, has also been locking the doors to his taverns. He has several people receiving the video feeds from multiple locations and uses the video camera feeds to keep an eye on who is coming in.
“If you’ve got a mask on, you aren’t coming into my bar,” LeGath said.
We posed the question of whether patrons and bar owners have changed their behavior with all of the robberies and if they are comfortable with the doors being locked. Here’s what they said:
Kassie Claus I stay out of bars because of robberies fights ect. I’d rather stay home and be safe!
Dan Nettleton I stay out of bars and conceal carry. I refuse to be a “good little victim” like some suggest
Paul Danielson I can just see a customer pulling out their gun and innocent people getting hurt.
Anyone with information can leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers by: calling 1-888-636-9330, email: http://racine.crimestoppersweb.com, or text message: RACS to 274637(crimes).
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