MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - John Samuel has been the owner of We Are One Tire and Auto Repair on Fairview Avenue for 10 years. He says thieves broke into his business December 30, stealing and vandalizing some of his property.
"It really hurts when you're doing all you can and you try to grow with the community around here," Montgomery resident John Samuel said.
Samuel is one of about 40 business owners in the Fairview and Garden District who say this new police sub station is needed to strengthen security, safety and to help deter crime.
"[You have people] begging for money, scooping out your areas your business," Samuel said.
That new substation will be located inside the Farmer's Market. Many thought it was closed, but managers were remodeling the facility for the new police presence.
Officials say it won't be a full fledge precinct with a holding cell, or a detective division, but it will provide more visibility on the west side and one-on-one contact with businesses.
"You will be seeing more police officers on Fairview. You will be seeing more police officers on the west side," Montgomery Police Lt. Tony Garrett said.
Both the police chief and public safety director say eventually more substations will be built across the city in hopes of getting more officers patrolling, on the ground and really doing community policing.
Police plan to open a new substation in the old Montgomery Mall building later this year.