by: Sarah Rosario Updated:
MOORESVILLE, N.C. - Police in Mooresville are taking an active approach to making sure business owners and residents feel safe after a string of robberies.
Since December, Mooresville police said they've had seven robberies and so far haven't been able to make any arrests.
"The suspects are targeting folks that appear to be a soft targets. There's not a whole lot of customers inside the business," said Maj. Gerald Childress, with Mooresville police
Of the seven robberies, Eyewitness News counted three at downtown businesses and four others at businesses near Interstate 77.
With many business owners worried they could be next, the Police Department is hosting a series of safety training workshops to make residents feel safe. Those workshops include crime prevention techniques, ways to keep employees safe and what to do if you get robbed.
Several business owners we spoke to attended a session last week said it was eye-opening.
"There were certain portions that made you go, 'Whoa,' because it made you aware of certain things you weren't doing to secure your place," said business owner Sheldon McIver.
Because of the proximity to the interstate, Mooresville police believe the robberies at a McAlister's Deli and a Quick Trip could be connected to fast -food robberies in Charlotte.
"Any time you have a robbery like this it does increase the fear of crime," Childress said.
In addition to the workshops, officers have also increased patrols. The biggest thing police are stressing is for people to be aware.
"Let them know this is my business you've stepped into my space, and I know what you look like," said Kim Atkins, executive director of Mooresville Downtown Commission.
The safety trainings began last week but there are three you can attend this week starting Tuesday. You can still sign up for a class but space is limited. For more information call Mooresville police at 704-664-3311.
Class dates, by registration only:
- Noon to 12:45 p.m. Tuesday at Mooresville Police Department
- Noon to 12:45 p.m. Wednesday at the Charles Mack Citizen's Center
- Noon to 12:45 p.m. Thursday at Mooresville Police Department