Business owner in downtown Raleigh, NC worries about threat of armed protests
The warning follows the chaos on Capitol Hill. In Wake County, authorities are bracing for more protests scheduled for this weekend and possibly until inauguration day. Several downtown County buildings will be closed in the coming days and Raleigh Police are on alert.
“I’m obviously nervous with what’s happened in the past,” Horwitz said. “So I’m not sure what I’m going to do. “
Reliable Jewelry & Loan suffered damage when the protests following the death of George Floyd took a turn, resulting in vandalism and looting.
The windows of the company, which has been in the Horwitz family for three generations, were smashed and valuables stolen.
Security increased at NC Capitol as FBI warns of plans for armed protests
“They broke both nights and it caused over $ 100,000 in damage to my store,” Horwitz said. “So that was definitely something I’ll never forget, probably the two worst nights of my life.”
Since then, he has implemented additional security measures, such as purchasing new steel doors and windows with extra strong glass. But he’s still worried.
“I hope the authorities and the National Guard have it under control and that it is contained and hopefully if there are protesters I hope they will stay on Capitol Hill (North Carolina) and will not roam the streets of downtown (Raleigh). “
Raleigh Police said they, along with federal, state and local law enforcement partners, “will remain vigilant for possible outbreaks and actions of civil unrest during this time and for the foreseeable future. Our staff are monitoring these. information as we develop strategies to combat illicit activity, where appropriate. “
The City of Raleigh has urged business owners and residents to take precautionary measures:
- Ensure doors and entry points are secure
- Activate security cameras and alarms
- Make sure exterior lighting is adequate
- Hide / remove valuables so that they are not clearly visible
- Remove / secure shop windows at night
- Immediately call 911 to report a felony or suspected felony
- Remove outdoor furniture and other potentially dangerous items nearby
- Be aware of the potential danger. If it doesn’t look or feel right, go
- Walk with a group or a friend; choose well-lit and most frequented routes
The Wake County Sheriff’s Office said Friday that in anticipation of protests scheduled until next week, the John H. Baker Jr. Public Safety Center will be closed to the public on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Wake County is closing all county offices in four of the buildings in downtown Raleigh on Tuesday and Wednesday. In addition to the Public Safety Center, Wake County Courthouse, Wake County Justice Center and Office Building.
The City of Raleigh will close its downtown government buildings to the public on Wednesday.
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