One Whitehaven business owner planning to leave due to surge in 2024 business-related crimes

One Whitehaven business owner planning to leave due to surge in 2024 business-related crimes

One Whitehaven neighborhood in Memphis is facing a significant increase in business-related crimes, with over 100 incidents reported in the past 75 days. The owner of Trap Fusion restaurant in the area is feeling frustrated and is considering moving due to safety concerns.

According to the Memphis Police public safety website, there have been 118 business-related crimes within a 1-mile radius of Trap Fusion in 2024. These crimes include robberies, shoplifting, ID thefts, and other offenses. Co-owner and head chef, Jason Gardner, believes that the city is in a state of desperation.

Gardner’s restaurant, which celebrates Memphis culture, has been broken into seven times in the past 5 years. The most recent break-in, which occurred in February, resulted in a boarded-up window that still remains more than a month later. Due to high crime rates in Memphis, there is a waiting period for glass repairs, prompting Gardner to add a mural to the window that questions, “Why Us.”

Memphis Police Department has advised business owners to take security measures into their own hands by hiring security guards, installing barriers on windows, investing in cameras, and integrating those cameras into MPD’s Connect Memphis program. While over 6500 cameras have been registered so far, Gardner has decided to relocate his business to Nashville due to the ongoing crime concerns.

With a lease signed for a new Trap Fusion location in Nashville, Gardner is hopeful for a fresh start in a safer environment. He acknowledges the effort put into building the business in Memphis but believes that moving to another city is necessary for the safety of his family. Despite the challenges faced in Memphis, Gardner remains open to the possibility of returning in the future if the city’s situation improves.

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