Madison businesses concerned about rising crime

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WSMV) – New video shows a Madison auto repair shop burglarized for the second time in the past two months.

The show’s owners said crime in the area appears to be getting worse.

There’s a Window Owners of Tennessee Muffler and Auto Service say three men broke and broke into an office, just one of many crimes the owners say need to end.

The video shows the group of men walking towards the store and seconds later smashing the office window.

“Once he breaks the window, he goes up and the other guys go up,” Derek Gamble said.

As soon as they entered the building, Gamble, the chief mechanic, said the security alarm scared them, forcing them to leave empty-handed.

The only thing that happened was the damage to the window, which is not the first time.

“There’s been quite a bit of crime here,” Gamble said. “We’ve been robbed here several times, and it looks like they can’t find the people who do.”

In recent months, Gamble said he has had locks broken, rims stolen and cars broken into. What scares him the most are also people walking around with guns.

“One day there was a guy walking around with a machete and he was walking by himself,” Gamble said.

After calling the police for the second time in two months, auto shop owners said they had had enough.

“There are so many people walking around who just look like they’re screwed up and I don’t know what that is,” Gamble said. “There’s a lot of homelessness, and it’s just that Madison has gotten really bad.”

The business owners said they not only asked the subway police to install blue light cameras, but also asked city leaders for help.

“It’s going to get to the point where if it hasn’t already affected business because nobody wants to do that, nobody wants to be around stuff like that, where they have to risk their life to get their car fixed or come and buy a car,” Gamble said.

While waiting and praying for a solution, business owners said they would just have to keep losing money.

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