Friday, March 03, 2017

#Chiraq: Business owners compelled to hire private security guards

Business owners in East Lakeview on Chicago's North Side pay taxes for police protection. Now they have to pay out of their own pockets for security guard surveillance because Chicago is failing to do the job in its worst neighborhoods.

From Fox Chicago:
Residents and businesses in East Lakeview will soon be getting some help to combat crime.

Starting next week, private security guards will be on patrol, supplementing the presence of Chicago police. It’s a growing strategy in neighborhoods where officers are being diverted to more violent parts of the city.

Maureen Martino heads the Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce, which starting next week will begin deploying private security officers to supplement Chicago police.

By May, as many as a dozen security officers at a time will be patrolling the streets of East Lakeview at night and about half as many during the day. They'll be wearing black reflector vests and some will carry guns.
Wrigley Field is the best known location in East Lakeview.

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