Oakland Residents Hire Private Security Rather Than Trust Police

Published On November 5, 2013 | By Kate | Articles

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.

Supporters of hiring rent-a-cops say they are a good value; with 226 households paying around $80, one Rockridge neighborhood can pay a private security company for four months of 12-hour patrols on weekdays. Proponents are quick to note that the security guards will be unarmed and unable to make arrests. The idea is that simply having more alert eyes on the streets will deter criminals looking for a pedestrian to rob or a house to burgle.

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.

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  • certain

    Unarmed security guards. Really? So you’re looking at 2 guards to watch an area of 80 houses. And if 1 of the guards is crooked, the fox has now been put in charge of the hen house.

    Not sure how well this will work out.

  • certain

    “Those who have decided to hire private security rather than relying on police”

    “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.”

    So how is this NOT relying on the police?

  • Common Sense

    Unarmed and unable to make arrests. So basically they watch and call 911. In short, you are paying people to do what people should normally do.

    ..also, depending on the company, some are in fact armed. I would love to read their contract.

  • NMOCopblock

    “And if 1 of the guards is crooked, the fox has now been put in charge of the hen house.”

    Hmmm, sounds just like law enforcement… So what is your point?

  • certain

    Dude, you are a fucking moron. Look up this word – c-o-n-t-e-x-t.

    But please, feel free to astound us with more of your brilliant observations. Your analysis of my political leanings was so dead on, it will be interesting to see what you come up with next.

  • t

    Ssssoooooo…..they decided to add more presence to their neighborhood by hiring security guards that can call the police when the see something. Sounds a lot like what I’ve been telling you guys…..police want more police and more security, not less. Check.

  • certain

    You are absolutely correct, t. And they are the only ones who do.

  • t

    Clearly not. This town did. KAz had a link to another town that did. Everyone wants more not less. The proof is in the pudding.

  • John Q Public

    Give me $80, I’ll call 911 for ya!

  • certain

    Really? So you translate “Faced with a rise in armed robberies and the frustrations of relying on a notoriously beleaguered police department” as we want more cops, huh? That’s odd, because my take on it is “we’re tired of the fucked up pack of ass-chickens we have, so we’re going to try it our own way”.

  • these_colors_dont_run

    I like it. IF they are trained. The “crooked” comment was naive at best. Human nature is human nature. The watchers SHOULD be watched, including the police.

  • t

    Certain: Ok guy. So who do these super guards call when something happens? I don’t think I’ll wait around on an intelligent reply.