Crown Heights man works to make crime-combating checkpoints

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Minister Mickens built a wooden booth in his Crown Heights backyard as a prototype for a community checkpoint, staffed around the clock by residents and keeping eyes and ears on the streets.

The goal is to watch for any suspicious behavior, or even an ongoing crime, and report it to authorities -- all from within the booth.

Mickens says he got the idea after watching too many people lose their lives to violence. He wants to catch suspects as quickly as possible in the wake of a crime.

As for the safety of the person inside the booth, Mickens says he hopes to make it out of bulletproof material.

Mickens is looking to fund the project, and the salaries of booth workers, with donations.

So far, the checkpoints have the OK from residents.

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