A Chicago man is currently using his own funds to provide protection for individuals in his neighborhood by hiring a private security team to walk their streets. The neighborhood is currently plagued by drug deals, prostitution, and loitering.
The individual, known as “De Mudd”, decided to hire the security company after he saw an exponential increase in crime in his Chicago neighborhood. The man was fed up with the deteriorating nature of his town, and chose to use his good fortune to supplement the police force in the region.
CBS Local News Reports:
“I’ve been watching my neighborhood deteriorate over the last couple of years,” Mudd says.
The security team is owned and trained by Howard Greer, a Chicago police officer.
CBS Local News Reports:
“It’s like a supplement, supplement to crime fighting, supplement to police department,” Greer explains. “I think it’s very effective.”
Police were consulted before the private security team was hired, as the men do carry guns and handcuffs. Ald. Walter Burnett of Ward 27 also agrees there is not enough man power in the city to control all the crime.
The security team believes security is their number one priority. Many of the security team members are off-duty officers who have been extensively trained.
The team patrols the traffic-heavy areas of the Gold Coast historic district six days a week, eight hours a day.
Mudd has spent over $5,000 on his good-Samaritan deed, and plans to spend at least $50,000 over time. He believes the money is being put to good use as long as it is keeping his friends and the children in his neighborhood safe.
Additionally, Mudd does not blame the police force for their lack of protection against crime in the area, rather he feels the force is spread too thin and cannot be in every corner of the city at once.
Though the problem has been temporarily solved in his corner of Chicago, Mudd believes it is not a fix-all for the incredible amount of crime the Illinois city experiences on a daily basis.
Blue Lives Matter reports:
“In just one month (June 11, 2016 – July 11, 2016) the infamous neighborhood of West Englewood, which is only 3.15 square miles, saw 5 murders, 24 robberies, 23 assaults, 84 thefts, 29 burglaries, 42 car thefts, 83 vandalisms, 34 narcotics cases.”
De Mudd is one of many individuals trying to make a difference with their Constitutional rights. With the Second Amendment right to bear arms, Americans should feel much safer knowing they have the right and the means to protect themselves and their loved ones. De Mudd and Greer’s team are perfect examples of Americans using their amendment rights for a good cause.
Though he is happy with the current situation, De Mudd worries for the future.
“I have solved the problem for my neighborhood, but what I’ve done is I’ve pushed the problem to another street corner in Chicago. That’s not the results that we, as citizens, should be looking for.”
What are your thoughts? Is private security the answer to combat the problem of an overworked police force? Or is it going too far when many Americans are armed themselves?
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