Security increase planned at busy Highlands gas station
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Speedway gas station at Bardstown Road and Grinstead Drive sits at one of Louisville's busiest intersections and has seen its fair share of crime and loitering.
"Especially on the weekends, that's where we tend to get some of the complaints and some those low-level problems with people that are out," said Metro Councilman Brandon Coan, who represents District 8.
City data shows LMPD made 164 service calls to the Speedway last year. Coan said those calls range from reports of disorderly and intoxicated people to fights and sometimes more serious calls.
"What we've done over the past few months is to try to work with the Speedway, just as we've worked some other bars that are in the area, to try to address some of the problems we've had and figure out how we can make the entire area safer for everybody," Coan said.
Coan met with Speedway representatives to work out a plan, which includes increased security.
"We talked about the need and the desire for a more visible, increased police presence," Coan said.
An off-duty, uniformed police officer in a marked patrol car will now park on site Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. as a way to deter crime.
Speedway will also be making some improvements to lighting, cameras and landscaping. Coan said that will help "eliminate the dark of hidden places where bad things happen."
Speedway will be paying for the police officer and the improvements so taxpayers aren't footing the bill. Coan hopes more area businesses will follow its lead.
"To participate and step up and make sure that they're contributing to the Highlands at the level that they should," Coan said.
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