Empowering Small Business Owners with Self-Defense Skills: Flushing BID Launches New Program Amidst Rising Crime Rates

Flushing BID offers free self-defense classes for business owners due to safety concerns

In response to the growing concerns of commercial retail theft and homeless disturbances in the Flushing area, the Flushing Business Improvement District (BID) has launched a new program to offer free self-defense classes to business owners and workers feeling unsafe. These classes will be held at the Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel Ballroom and taught by a professional martial artist specializing in Taekwondo. Participants must sign a waiver to join the weekly classes, which will run from April 3 to June 5 for individuals within zip codes 11354 and 11355.

The initiative aims to provide support to small business owners who may feel vulnerable due to rising crime rates and concerns about police response times. During the classes, attendees will learn various self-defense techniques including kicking, grabbing, and de-escalation strategies to handle real-life situations.

Dian Song Yu, the executive director of the Flushing BID, emphasized the importance of empowering small business owners with self-defense skills. She hopes that these classes will bring comfort to participants and enable them to protect themselves in case of emergencies. Larger stores may have security guards, but smaller businesses may not, so this program aims to make all businesses in downtown Flushing feel safer and more secure.

The Flushing BID recognizes that commercial retail theft and homeless disturbances are becoming increasingly common in the area, posing a threat not only to small businesses but also their employees. By offering free self-defense classes, the BID hopes to create a safer environment for everyone involved in downtown Flushing’s business community.

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