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As cities lay off police, frustrated neighborhoods turn to private cops
Christian Science Monitor ^ | April 5, 2013 | Chris Stein

Posted on 04/06/2013 9:45:27 AM PDT by george76

With cities cutting their police to balance budgets, some well-to-do neighborhoods are hiring private security, marking an expansion of unarmed guards beyond office parks and gated communities.

On the streets of Oakland, budget cuts have made the beat cop a rare breed, and some of the city’s wealthy neighborhoods have turned to unarmed security guards to take their place.

After people in Oakland’s wealthy enclaves like Oakmore or Piedmont Pines head to work, security companies take over, cruising the quiet streets to ward off burglars looking to take advantage of unattended homes.

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the private security industry is projected to grow by about 19 percent – from 1 million to 1.2 million guards – between 2010 and 2020

(Excerpt) Read more at csmonitor.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: California; US: Connecticut; US: Illinois; US: New York
KEYWORDS: banglist; donutwatch; guncontrol; secondamendment

1 posted on 04/06/2013 9:45:27 AM PDT by george76
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To: george76

Unarmed guards? Yeah, that’s the ticket.


2 posted on 04/06/2013 9:47:51 AM PDT by Graybeard58 (_.. ._. .. _. _._ __ ___ ._. . ___ ..._ ._ ._.. _ .. _. .)
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To: george76

My private ‘cop’ is a Springfield Loaded 1911 45 ACP with two backup Wilson Combat 8 round mags next to my bedside.

Were I any more ‘afraid’ that circumstances could not be handled that, there is a shitstorm of other, some even more deadly, responses to choose from. Cops? Who needs a cop?


3 posted on 04/06/2013 9:48:12 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: george76

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Francisco_Committee_of_Vigilance

The San Francisco Committee of Vigilance was a popular ad hoc organization formed in 1851 and revived in 1856 in response to rampant crime and corruption in the municipal government of San Francisco, California. It was one of the most successful organizations in the vigilante tradition of the American Old West.

These militias hanged eight people and forced several elected officials to resign. Each Committee of Vigilance formally relinquished power after three months.


4 posted on 04/06/2013 9:49:31 AM PDT by abb
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To: george76

To make a long story short, if you don’t already own a firearm, you may want to look into getting one, getting trained up on how to use it and then spending time at the range familiarizing yourself with it. You’re on your own.


5 posted on 04/06/2013 9:51:09 AM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Dude! Where's my Bill of Rights?)
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To: abb
"These militias hanged eight people and forced several elected officials to resign"

Sounded good, but perhaps thry needed to hang some public officals, too.

6 posted on 04/06/2013 9:52:36 AM PDT by Lockbar (Quality Factory Loaded Ammunition ------- The New Gold)
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To: george76

7 posted on 04/06/2013 9:53:30 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: george76

It will never occur to them that they can do it themselves.


8 posted on 04/06/2013 9:53:45 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: dfwgator

Sweet.


9 posted on 04/06/2013 9:54:55 AM PDT by Future Snake Eater (CrossFit.com)
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To: george76

The streets will be safer with fewer cops *if* citizens are allowed to protect themselves.


10 posted on 04/06/2013 9:55:06 AM PDT by Half Vast Conspiracy (Based on a letter from an 8 year old…school is now illegal...'cuz it’s yuckey and dumb'.)
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To: george76

Looks like the progressives can’t deal with the result of their ideas.
When you run out of other peoples money it gets mean.


11 posted on 04/06/2013 9:57:21 AM PDT by Vaduz
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To: george76
With cities cutting their police to balance budgets...

Some group's gotta take the fall for the Mayors 'retreat' in Hawaii with his top staff members - might as well be citizens in need of protection from thugs... so cut the police department.

Liberal Elites need tax dollars for the big clunker of a Sports Stadium to shore up entertainment for elites in town... the little people can pay for that with their taxes too... High class entertainment for the elites with their clubs at museums - with tax deductible 'balls' on our dime. That's a good reason to cut police protection.

Liberal elites know how to take care of themselves... first, last and always... Besides, liberal elites live in gated communities anyhow so who gives a flip about everyday people being preyed upon by criminals?

Liberal elites have a solution: Take guns away from middle class law biding citizens so they can't even protect themselves.

Is that a twofer or what? It's a liberal world after all... right?

12 posted on 04/06/2013 10:00:13 AM PDT by GOPJ (New AP term for Illegal Aliens IS Undocumented Democrats.... Jay Leno)
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To: george76

I heard on the news that Stockton, Ca.’s police force now consists of 50% 2 or less years of service officers as the veteran leave for other PDs......I’d be willing to bet that that will be a continuing problem for them as people sign on for resume building purposes after being turned down by other Departments..


13 posted on 04/06/2013 10:27:36 AM PDT by Forty-Niner (The barely bare berry bear formerly known as Ursus Arctos Horribilis.)
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To: george76

Well look at it this way. There will be fewer shot dogs and fewer newspaper delivery women gunned down.


14 posted on 04/06/2013 10:28:28 AM PDT by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: Gaffer

My private cop is an old Ithica side by side 20ga with number 3 buck, 2.75 inch. I wish it were an the vererable “auto burglar” but not the case albeit it has short barrels.


15 posted on 04/06/2013 10:30:47 AM PDT by Mouton (108th MI Group.....68-71)
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To: george76
The American government is becoming increasingly unable to deal with the criminal element of our society. The judiciary branch is the most culpable, in that many judges have never met a criminal they did not favor.

However, many citizens have become so pathologically soft and tender that they actually side with the criminal element. Look at the crowd that weep and wails whenever some miserable piece of fate is about to be executed. Think of the amount of ink spilled and paper wasted in writing articles condemning capital punsihment. This attitude helps elect the judge who favors criminals.

16 posted on 04/06/2013 11:12:17 AM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: AEMILIUS PAULUS

Unfortunately there’s now a lot of Americans who favor the death penalty for the pre-born but not for those convicted of capital crimes.


17 posted on 04/06/2013 11:13:48 AM PDT by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: george76

I don’t really see anything wrong with hiring guards to patrol your neighborhood. All the guns in the world aren’t going to stop a home burglary when you are not home. If it causes criminals to avoid the area all together in search of softer targets all the better.


18 posted on 04/06/2013 11:15:29 AM PDT by douginthearmy
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To: Graybeard58
“Unarmed guards? Yeah, that’s the ticket.”

I didn't see anything about them being unarmed. Maybe they are maybe they aren't. Private security can be either. You just have to pay more for armed. Regardless, the libs have the money to hire private security. But poor ole me can't have a gun to provide my on security.

Buncha hypocrites

19 posted on 04/06/2013 11:23:40 AM PDT by saleman
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“I didn’t see anything about them being unarmed. Maybe they are maybe they aren’t.”

Unarmed is mentioned twice in the short excerpt. this is the Christian Science Monitor’s solution for security. In the case of feral yutes an unarmed guard is as useless as tits on a boar.


20 posted on 04/06/2013 12:21:32 PM PDT by Graybeard58 (_.. ._. .. _. _._ __ ___ ._. . ___ ..._ ._ ._.. _ .. _. .)
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To: george76

Documentation File on the harmful impact of the Counterculture of Obamanation on America.


21 posted on 04/06/2013 1:23:33 PM PDT by Graewoulf (Traitor John Roberts' Commune-Style Obama'care' violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: FlingWingFlyer
To make a long story short, if you don’t already own a firearm, you may want to look into getting one, getting trained up on how to use it and then spending time at the range familiarizing yourself with it. You’re on your own.

Good luck on finding any ammo. The smart ones got their guns and ammo a long time ago.

22 posted on 04/06/2013 1:29:35 PM PDT by AlaskaErik (I served and protected my country for 31 years. Progressives spent that time trying to destroy it.)
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To: nascarnation
Unfortunately there’s now a lot of Americans who favor the death penalty for the pre-born but not for those convicted of capital crimes.

Abortion......it's for the children.

23 posted on 04/06/2013 3:15:25 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Windflier

private police is how the rest of the world works.

when these hollyweird eletes buy homes abroad they use these private security operations.

second amendment rights for them but not for thee.


24 posted on 04/06/2013 3:19:04 PM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: longtermmemmory
private police is how the rest of the world works.

The "rest" being the 1% elites, of course. The little people can just wait for the cops to show up with the chalk and the yellow tape.

25 posted on 04/06/2013 3:28:39 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Half Vast Conspiracy
...*if* citizens are allowed to protect themselves.

Why would you ask permission?

26 posted on 04/06/2013 3:39:09 PM PDT by MileHi ( "It's coming down to patriots vs the politicians." - ovrtaxt)
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To: george76

Here’s an idea: make the transition from depending on government employees to defend you to depending on the safety of a reliable firearm.


27 posted on 04/06/2013 6:58:41 PM PDT by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: george76

Union cops keep getting raises and improved retirements. Cities and towns can’t afford that, so the budget takes a hit. Year after year.

Pretty soon, small towns and cities will have only a skeleton crew of police, with just a few on shift at any given time. The same goes for fire departments.

This is not gonna end well. Guaranteed.


28 posted on 04/06/2013 8:36:20 PM PDT by DNME (Without the Constitution, there is no legitimate U.S. government. Period.)
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To: DNME
California debt is increasing daily and other states are watching what isn't being done.
But unions and pensions are out of control and the planners knew this would happen,
but wanted to live up the popularity for the moment.
29 posted on 04/06/2013 8:41:39 PM PDT by MaxMax
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To: DNME; All

” - - - Pretty soon, small towns and cities will have only a skeleton crew of police - - - - “

A quote from Paul Harvey comes to mind:
“WHEN YOUR OUTGO EXCEEDS YOUR INCOME, YOUR UPKEEP WILL BE YOUR DOWNFALL.”


30 posted on 04/06/2013 8:44:44 PM PDT by Graewoulf (Traitor John Roberts' Commune-Style Obama'care' violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: MileHi
Why would you ask permission?

Who said that I would?

31 posted on 04/06/2013 8:50:52 PM PDT by Half Vast Conspiracy (Based on a letter from an 8 year old…school is now illegal...'cuz it’s yuckey and dumb'.)
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To: Vaduz

I live here, I would guess 85% of those paying for private security are lifetime Liberal Democrats. They have names like Ron, Gwen and Moira...they go see their Ivy-Cal-U. Chicago friends in San Francisco and travel first class back home to their families.

They realize that making $500K means little here after losing 55% to the Feds and State, plus property, sales and other taxes and fees, you end up netting 35-40%.

They worked hard, though you could recreate Westchester, Darien, Weston or Fairfax in CA...what you forget is that there are seething savages in the flats...

The reckoning here will be epic...saved an extra 20 gallons of gas...to get the F out when the SHTF. They will watch their yuppie, organic, play date and Tahoe lives go up in smoke.


32 posted on 04/07/2013 12:24:51 AM PDT by wac3rd (Somewhere in Hell, Ted Kennedy snickers....)
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To: wac3rd

Maybe they will understand now the meaning of you reap what you sow?.


33 posted on 04/07/2013 7:48:29 AM PDT by Vaduz
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