Residents Hiring Private Security
Urban areas, frustrated with the inability of municipal police to provide the protection its citizens need, are hiring private security details to patrol their streets.
Baltimore, MD, Oakland, CA, and Springfield, NJ, are considering such moves in reaction to a recent rise in street crime.
Baltimore affiliate Fox 45 notes that one solution currently employed in the city's higher-crime neighborhoods is to hire off-duty police officers. Oakland, meanwhile, CBS Evening News reports, has witnessed 61 murders so far this year, a statistic that some feel is a reflection of budgetary cutback in the police force. In any case, residents "decided to pay themselves for private security patrols."
Springfield Township, 34 minutes outside of New York City, is evaluating another approach to keeping streets safe. According to NJ.com, its town council is exploring the idea of bringing back its neighborhood watch program. The article quotes Committeeman Ziad Andrew Shehady as saying, "a proactive, involved community is a strong community"...
Of the home states of cities contemplating these security measures, California alone has a stand-your-ground law. Not that it should matter one way or another. Despite the public outcry that has arisen from some quarters against Florida's stand-your-ground law -- including from a Baltimore City councilman -- the statute was not a factor in the Zimmerman murder trial.
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