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60 surveillance cameras to be installed in Overton Square

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A victim of a recent crime in the area wants to know what property managers will do to keep her, and other patrons, safe. A victim of a recent crime in the area wants to know what property managers will do to keep her, and other patrons, safe.
Kayla Chunn works as a server at one of Overton Square's many new restaurants. Kayla Chunn works as a server at one of Overton Square's many new restaurants.
At least two restaurants have been robbed since the beginning of the year. At least two restaurants have been robbed since the beginning of the year.

(WMC-TV) - Overton Square in Midtown Memphis is in the middle of an historic renovation, but with new business also comes crime.

A victim of a recent crime in the area wants to know what property managers will do to keep her, and other patrons, safe.

Kayla Chunn works as a server at one of Overton Square's many new restaurants. When Chunn's shift ended last week, she got in her car then realized she had forgotten something at work.

"Ten minutes later when I came back out ... I was actually getting in my vehicle before I realized the window was broke out and what had happened," said Chunn. "I was shaking, and it was just horrible."

Within minutes, someone was using Chunn's credit cards. Not only shaken by the crime against her, she started to worry worried if it is the beginning of a trend.

"I just feel like there's not enough security or police taking action here in Midtown," said Chunn.

At least two restaurants have been robbed since the beginning of the year. In March, a safe was stolen from Local Gastropub.

Overton Square's property manager said there are major security plans in the works for Overton Square.

"We placed security paramount, because if we do everything and don't get security right then we're not going to succeed," said Loeb Properties president Bob Loeb.

Loeb hired a security consultant. He is working with a private security firm and Memphis police. He said 60 surveillance cameras will be installed for around-the-clock surveillance.

The plan will not be fully activated until late September, which is much too late for Kayla Chunn.

"My biggest concern is what if someone is to get physically attacked. So we need to increase security immediately," she said.

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