Lawmakers want to offer incentives to boost business surveillance

Lawmakers are considering making surveillance cameras mandatory at certain businesses.

Michigan lawmakers want to offer incentives to encourage businesses to use surveillance cameras or other security measures.

The idea surfaced following the disappearance of a 25-year-old mother and gas station night clerk.

Police said there was no surveillance video at the Exxon Mobil gas station in Norton Shores where Jessica Heeringa was working when she disappeared Friday.

Democratic state Rep. Marcia Hovey-Wright of Muskegon, Republican state Sen. Geoff Hansen of Hart and Democratic state Rep. Collene Lamonte of Montague tell the Muskegon Chronicle that they'll explore ways to get a law in place to protect convenience store employees.

We don TMt want to add a burden on businesses|offer them a tax break that would help them deflect the cost of installing security cameras so they can both provide a safer work environment for their employees as well as help them with their own issues|when you have security cameras, the cost of your insurance goes down, Lamonte said.

Lamonte tells 7&4 News an incentive bill is currently being drafted.

As for Heeringa, police have released portions of two surveillance videos from other area businesses showing a silver or gray Chrysler minivan, but they offer little detail. Officials said it appeared Heeringa was preparing to close the gas station Friday night when she was taken. They found her purse with cash inside and said no money was missing from the register.

The driver of the vehicle is described as a white man, 30-40 years old. He is about 6 feet tall with center-parted light brown, wavy hair.

Exxon-Mobil has donated $15,000 to establish a reward program for the search efforts.

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