Kinston rolls out emergency business Shield Sticker program

KINSTON, NC (WITN) - The new Shield Sticker program started Monday for Kinston area businesses and allows law enforcement to contact business owners more quickly in the case of an after-hours emergency.

Business owners can now register for the new program that also puts extra eyes on businesses after they close.

Law enforcement routinely checks on local businesses for anything from unlocked doors to broken windows, or weather damage.

Kinston businesses began signing up Monday for the shield sticker, which will be displayed in a business's front and back window, showing a business ID. That ID is linked to a primary contact phone number for law enforcement to call if they notice anything unusual.

Business owner Barbara Elden said, “I think it's fantastic. My husband and I are the new owners of the business, but we don't own the building. So we're tickled that now if there is an issue after hours, the law enforcement can directly contact us instead of our landlord."

Some other local cities have emergency contact programs for business owners. New Bern has the Bear Sticker program, and Jacksonville has a similar program as well.