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Via CBS Chicago:
A Chicago man, fed up and frustrated with what he says is the rising crime in his neighborhood, takes matters into his own pocketbook — shelling out thousands to pay for private street security.
Security firm owner Howard Greer, also a Chicago cop, patrols the 1100 block of North LaSalle. It’s his off-duty job, paid for by this De Mudd.
“I’ve been watching my neighborhood deteriorate over the last couple of years,” Mudd says.
Police, he says, couldn’t keep up. So, Greer and fellow off-duty officers now walk the Gold Coast pocket with guns and handcuffs — six days a week, eight hours a day.
The biggest problems here? Drug dealing, prostitution and loitering.
“It’s like a supplement, supplement to crime fighting, supplement to police department,” Greer explains. “I think it’s very effective.”
It’s not cheap. Mudd says he’s paid $5,000 since mid-August and anticipates spending $50,000.
“I have the means. I’ve been very fortunate,” he says.
Mudd doesn’t blame police and, in fact, sympathizes with them. He also talked to his alderman before hiring Greer’s firm.