ROYAL OAK (WWJ) – A debate is heating up in downtown Royal Oak over whether businesses should be allowed to use rolling gates over doors and windows for security purposes.

A jewelry shop and deli recently installed the gates, but city officials are trying to have them removed.

Royal Oak Commissioner David Poulton is one of the people opposed to the security measure.

“Downtown Royal Oak is a walk-able community,” said Poulton. “We have concerns about these security curtains and the image they send, to me, it sends that it’s a high crime district and that is not what it is.”

Poulton is part of a city-led effort to pass an ordinance that would ban the rolling curtains.

Infinity Jewelers and Franklin Deli, the companies that put them up, could not be reached for comment.

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