Asian business owners fear for safety

By Andy Jenks - bio | email
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HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - Crime concerns in the Asian business community have many shop owners fearing for their safety. Tonight, they're getting high-ranking officials from five of the area's biggest localities together, for a meeting on how delivery drivers can be safer on the roads.

As the owner of Van's Printing Service in Richmond, Ky Van is a long way from his days as a Chinese food delivery driver.

"We're very upset about the situation. We heard about it, and we gotta do something quickly," Ky said.

He's heard about the three violent attacks, including two homicides dating back to April, and even if the attacks are unrelated, they all have something in common. The victims were Chinese food deliverymen.

"Not safe for the business and for everybody," he said.

"They are very scared, they are very concerned. They don't know what to do," said Tinh Duc Phan, Virginia Asian Chamber of Commerce.

Business owners believe they're being targeted, because delivery drivers are thought to be carrying lots of cash.

"They have to make a living. Sometime the risk their life to make that living, even though they know for a fact that delivering food at night could be a very dangerous situation," Tinh said.

So the Virginia Asian Chamber of Commerce is getting together the region's top law enforcement, to work on safety.

They have to deliver food to make the living. To be paid. So it is very important for you to understand, in our culture, we are sacrificing more for our family and for our children," he said.

The goal is to come away with a sense of partnership and to let other business owners know how to invest in the safety of their employees.

"We sit there, and find out what we need to do right now, I don't know what to do," Ky said.

That meeting includes representatives from five area police departments.

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