Project Green Light expands to McDonald's

Posted at 6:21 PM, May 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-23 18:21:54-04

Jon Campbell jokes his newest McDonald's is almost as quiet as a library these days.

The restaurant on Grand River Avenue near Lahser Road is one of the latest businesses to partner with the city's Project Green Light security initiative that uses high-resolution cameras and enhanced lighting to crack down on crime.

"It's been a complete change," Campbell described.

Detroit Police Chief James Craig and Mayor Mike Duggan announced Monday that McDonald's restaurants are leading the program expansion. Four McDonald's locations including Campbell's are already online.

Since Project Green Light launched in January, more than two dozen businesses have joined the program. Chief Craig noted that violent crime is down 52 percent at the first eight gas stations that joined the initiative.

Mayor Mike Duggan said over the next 90 days he will consult city council about drafting an ordinance that would implement Project Green Light city-wide.

"Every business in the city that's receiving customers after 10 p.m. either needs to be a green light business or have equivalent security onsite," Duggan said.

For now, Campbell said he is excited for how his investment in security will contribute to the growth of not only his restaurant, but also the surrounding neighborhood.