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New York businesses urged to require customers remove masks amid crime surge: 'Be proactive'
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New York City police are telling businesses they should require customers to take off their face masks as a "condition of entry" amid a surge in robberies across the Big Apple.
NYPD Chief of Department Jeffrey Maddrey said during a press conference last week that masks are making it possible for thieves to escape detection on video surveillance, according to local PIX 11.
"People are coming up to our businesses, sometimes with masks, sometimes masks, hoods and latex gloves, and they’re being allowed, they’re being buzzed in and allowed to enter the store and we have a robbery," Maddrey said.
"We are asking the businesses to make this a condition of entry, that people when they come in, they show their face, they should identify themselves," the department chief continued.
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