A Chicago citizen worried about crime is using his own money to pay for good guys with guns to walk the streets of neighborhoods and preserve safety.
The Chicago resident — De Mudd — says he spoke to Alderman Walter Burnett (27th Ward) before launching his plan and now pays a security company to put men with guns and handcuffs on the streets.
CBS Chicago reports that the security firm is owned by a Chicago police officer who uses off-duty officers as guards. Those guards now walk the sidewalks, alleys, and other pedestrian thoroughfares of a portion of the Gold Coast historic district “six days a week, eight hours a day.”
Mudd has spent $5,000 for the security “since mid-August and anticipates spending $50,000.” He says he does not mind spending the money to keep the neighborhood safe. He also stressed that he does not blame the police for the growing threat of crime in the area. Rather, he believes the police department is stretched so thin they cannot adequately patrol every part of the city.
Mudd also suggests that the solution he has undertaken for crime in his neighborhood is not a fix-all for every part of the city. He said, “I have solved the problem for my neighborhood, but what I’ve done is I’ve just pushed the problem to another street corner in Chicago. That’s not the results that we, as citizens, should be looking for.”
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