The Burlington Company Association is raising the alarm on what it sees as an increasing stage of violence and threatening actions on Church Avenue Marketplace and the bordering place.

The firm is arranging to start a new system to supply on-connect with safety escorts for anyone requesting them downtown.

“We can not go on to have gals not seeking to function down below due to the fact they are scared,” mentioned Kelly Devine, executive director of the BBA.

Burlington police vehicles are parked on Church Street Marketplace on April 7, 2021.

Mayor Miro Weinberger, although acknowledging the notion of enhanced violence, said you will find nothing in the data that exhibits a spike in crime on Church Road in 2021.

In reality, the information reveals the opposite, Weinberger mentioned. The Burlington Law enforcement Office reviews the full range of incidents on Church Avenue from June 1 to July 21 was 388 in 2017, compared to 238 for 2021, which was up from 209 in 2020.