Word to the wise: don't leave your laptop in your car, even if you're an unmarked federal agent. Two unmarked vehicles were broken into last night outside of Batch Brewing Company in Corktown, leading to a full-on investigation with cops flooding the area, as well as police dogs, and at least one police chopper, according to WDIV.
The Corktown area has been the subject of controversy in recent weeks following a first-hand account of a car theft in the neighborhood by Deadline Detroit reporter Allan Lengel. The article left a bad taste in the mouths of many who read it, especially Corktown's many bar and restaurant owners who Lengel called out for not providing more security in the area.
The owners of the restaurants and bars in the area need to have private security out there if they want folks to return. Frankly, the food and service at Ottava Via wasn't worth a stolen car.
I suggest businesses collectively chip in $150 a night to have a security guard drive around and circle a few blocks, looking out for car thefts.
If not, perhaps the customers should send a message by going elsewhere until the businesses wise up.
In fact, many businesses in the area do provide secure parking and set aside a significant amount of money in their budgets for private security. Still, since the article, police have responded by taking a stronger interest in protecting Corktown from car thefts and break-ins. The unfortunate events last night are yet again drawing attention to the issues with property theft in the area (Although they could have happened anywhere in the city). Today, Batch Brewing says they're considering new ways to provide security to their customers. It's a huge expense for a new business that opened behind schedule.