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East Austin Business Owners Fighting Back Against Crime

Updated: Tuesday, January 7 2014, 02:04 PM CST

Business is brewing again at Hot Mama's Espresso Bar in East Austin.

"It does sort of feel like we just reopened as a new business," said owner Kelly Abshire.

Abshire was forced to close up shop for a couple of weeks after someone busted in through the front door.

"It's really disheartening to hear that it's continuing to happen," added Abshire.

Within weeks crooks have robbed a clothing store, art consulting firm, yoga studio and Abshire's coffee shop.

"If we're interested in protecting our small business then looks like we're going to have to be the ones to do that," said Abshire.

In order to do so Abshire believes they must band together as a group.

"I would like to find a community solution to the problem," said Amy Rowles.

Rowles is a longtime East Austin resident and Abshire's partner.  She's wants the community to pitch in to find a solution to the crime problem.

One idea is to have business owners take turns hosting monthly neighborhood watch meetings.

"Everyone come in after hours we'll have some food and coffee and lets figure out how to fix this," added Rowles.

Fix it before businesses go broke or simply decide to move out.

"I think they're just going to keep on until we rise up together and get these people caught," said Abshire.

By Alex Boyer

East Austin Business Owners Fighting Back Against Crime

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