Northgate business owners say district is safe despite recent crime

COLLEGE STATION, Tex. (KBTX) - Some not-so-pleasant headlines have overshadowed Northgate this past week. Police have responded to calls that include fighting, gun fire and a stabbing.

Some business owners in the entertainment district are worried about how this changes the image of the area.

Zulema Casares has worked at Northgate Barbershop for 17 years. She says every business manager and owner in the Northgate District looks out for their customers and their safety.

"We just reassure them and let them know that during the day, it's not bad at all," Casares said.

Casares is worried the recent crime will change the image of Northgate.

"It makes it a lot more negative, like when you hear about a bad part of town, you say, OK, just stay away that area. So, that's how it affects our businesses around here" Casares said.

Across the street at Corner Bar, the owner, Barry Ivins, says he still believes the area is a safe one.

"I think it's just a random thing you saw this weekend, but I don't think it's going to be anything you'll see for a while,” Ivins said.

Ivins says business at the bars during school breaks are typically slow, but they've taken extra steps to keep the area safe.

"It's more being preventative to stop these things from happening," Ivins said.

Bar employees say they watch how much people are drinking, and it helps keep everyone inside the bars safe.

"It's definitely weird, what's happened in the last week, but I wouldn't say that's the norm, by any means," Ivins said.

College Station police say these incidents are unusual, and they are still investigating if any of the crimes are related.