Oakland Residents Hire Private Security Rather Than Trust Policeby Kate
Nov. 08, 2013
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Drew Himmelstein shared a post at Belmont-CA-Patch.com a few days ago titled, “Is it a Good Idea for Neighborhoods to Hire Private Security?”
The simple answer? Yes.
In part, the article says:
Faced with a rise in armed robberies and the frustrations of relying on a notoriously beleaguered police department, neighbors in several Oakland communities have recently used crowdfunding websites to raise money for private security patrols.Those who have decided to hire private security rather than relying on police have taken a huge step in the right direction. Unfortunately, the flaw in the plan is that the private security guards are unarmed, as they will not have the tools available to actually protect those in the community from the threat faced – armed robberies. It is reasonable to assume that without the tools available to provide protection, the private security guards plan of action would be to simply call the police. Nonetheless, it is good to see people realizing that those they pay for supposed protection are, in most cases, not actually there to protect them.