HOUSTON (AP) - Houston police have begun enforcing new
regulations requiring convenience stores to register with law
enforcement, provide employees with safety training and install
The ordinance requires equipment like drop safes, panic buttons
If stores do not comply, police can fine them up to $500.
Houston police Assistant Chief John Trevino says it's the first
time a major metropolitan area has started such a comprehensive
program targeting crime at convenience stores.
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration,
working in a convenience store has one of the highest annual
homicide rates among retail industries.
Houston averages about 1,000 robberies and 10 homicides at such
There were 12 murders at Houston convenience stores in 2007. So
far this year, the Houston police department has recorded at least
four murders at convenience stores.