BROWNSVILLE - A program to turn businesses into safe spaces in case of emergency is spreading in Brooklyn.
Through the Safe Stop program, businesses can place a sticker in their windows to identify them as a safe space for community members in an emergency. The program is particularly targeted at children who may be the victim of bullying or feeling unsafe.
The program was launched by Brooklyn District Attorney Charles J. Hynes' office two years ago when Brooklyn boy Leiby Kletzky was kidnapped and murdered. In Brownsville, 35 businesses on Pitkin Avenue have joined the Safe Stop program.
Hynes says he hopes more than 1,000 Brooklyn businesses will join the Safe Stop program by next year. More than 250 businesses throughout Brooklyn are now participating.