You may have already heard about the robbery of Universal Gear on Wednesday, the clothing store at 1529 14th Street NW (just south of Q). The store posted its surveillance video on YouTube and is offering a $500 reward for information on the robbers. (The robbery was first reported on Wednesday, but I didn’t know the exact address.)
This isn’t the first time that a retail store on the 14th Street corridor has been the victim of this type of crimeâ€”“Teen Girls Sought for Assaults, Robberiesâ€ť at 14th St.Â Shops.”
It has been apparent for some timeâ€”as in several yearsâ€”that the retail stores on the 14th Street corridor between Rhode Island and U Street are targets for this type of crime. The city loves to redevelop whole strips and encourage entrepreneurs to set up shop. It would be nice if the small business owners got the type of attention that is lavished on the big developers.
Note: I am NOT blaming the police. I view this as an issue around priorities and resources. In other words, the Council and the mayor need to make sure that that small business owners get the support they need, including police protection. More foot patrols, anyone?
Dcist has a good write up: