Chicago mayor upset about plans to hire armed security guards in neighborhood as crime explodes

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CHICAGO, IL – Democratic Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has heard of the Bucktown neighborhood hiring armed security patrols in one of the many crime ridden areas in Chicago.

Lightfoot believes this is a bad idea and vows that no one other than Chicago Police Department will patrol the area.

The residents of the Bucktown neighborhood are fed up with the violence they are seeing on their streets daily and have decided to take steps to curb the carjacking and other violent crimes that have been occurring nightly.

The Bucktown Neighbors Association has been working with a private security firm to provide armed patrols of the neighborhood at night.

The belief is extra people on the streets watching will cause criminals to look for somewhere else to commit their crimes.

Lightfoot, who claims to understand that business owners and residents desire the need to feel safe, is disturbed at the thought of having armed security guards patrolling the streets. She said:

“I need to know more about what their [Bucktown] specific plan and scope is, but the patrolling the streets, responding to crime, that’s the job of the Chicago Police Department and they will do it effectively.

We are not going to start, because people can afford it, standing up a group of…well, I think I’ve said enough. There’s a slippery slope here and I am very concerned about that.”

While Lightfoot has expressed her disdain of having armed security patrols in one of her neighborhoods, she has yet to issue any type of plan to curb the violence throughout a city which is seeing significant spikes in violent crimes this year.

Because of her alleged lack of action or inability to deter crime, areas like Bucktown have tried to find ways to increase the safety of their residents and businesses that are outside the scope and control of Lightfoot.

According to the Block Club, Bucktown seemingly has already contracted with a private security firm, known as P4, to begin providing armed security services in the area as soon as December 15th.

The armed security guards will be patrolling the north end of the neighborhood.

The plan, according to the Block Club, is to have the armed security guards patrol the areas between Armitage Avenue to the north, Damen Avenue to the west, North Avenue to the south, and Paulina Street to the east.

The patrols would begin at some point in the evening hours and the shifts would last beyond midnight.

The move comes as the city has seen over 1,658 carjackings in 2021 which has increased from a total of 1,303 in 2020 and 544 during 2019.

Additionally, the Chicago Police Department 14th Police District which patrols Bucktown as well as other neighborhoods have reported 86 carjackings in the area which has increased from 53 from last year.

P4’s vice president of operations, Kevin Conway, released a statement that the people who his company employ are only off-duty police officers. He goes on to note:

“Only off-duty police officers are employed by P4 and will be handling patrols. Off-duty officers will be present to observe and report; they do not have arrest powers and if a crime is witnessed, they are directed to call 911 immediately.”

Chicago mayor upset about plans to hire armed security guards in neighborhood as crime explodes

“Magnificent Mile” smash and grabs in police-defunded Chicago nets criminals $2M in luxury watches

CHICAGO, IL – There is a new mindset amongst criminals in cities across the country. We can do whatever we want, whenever we want, however we want, because even if the police arrest us…we will be out in a matter of hours and realistically never see the inside of a courtroom. 

There are a few things those cities all have in common. The police have been defunded. The city leadership is liberal. They all have DA’s and judges who are willing to turn criminals loose and not prosecute them for practically anything. 

Hence, the criminal mindset. Nothing displays it better than what happened last weekend in Chicago.

In broad daylight, while a high-end car dealer was open for business, customers walking around in the store, two armed males entered the dealership, smashed the cases and made off with an estimated $2M in watches. 

Now, not only are violent crimes on the rise, but petty crimes are rising as well.  Sadly, these smaller infractions that “really don’t hurt anyone” are getting more severe with each passing day. And liberals couldn’t be happier. 

But hey, that’s why all of these retail stores have insurance, right? 

The dealership, Gold Coast Exotic Motor Cars, has roughly 10 customers inside, including a few with their children. 

“This happened in broad daylight on Saturday. And they have people come and break into your store while there are customers shopping and there are children in there,” said owner Joe Perillo

The thieves made their way into the store. One stood watch with a gun while the other committed the type of smash and grab we have seen all too often on the nightly news.  

One of the owners of Gold Coast spoke to Fox News about the criminals:  

“He was smart enough not to raise the gun, because my people had guns,” said Joe Perillo. “If he raised that gun, he would have been shot, we’d probably be in court defending ourselves.”

Perillo was alluding to the fact that in Chicago, if a criminal does not point their gun at you, you cannot legally shoot them.

“We’re here to run a legitimate business, not be a western shootout,” Perillo later said.

Several employees pursued the crooks but were unable to catch up to them. 

“We ran after them on Chestnut, all the way to State Street, and then they split up,” said co-owner Joe Abbas.

The stolen watches are Richard Mille brand. Said to be racing machines on the wrist, the timepieces go for several hundred thousand dollars to well over a $1M each. 

"Magnificent Mile" smash and grabs in police-defunded Chicago nets criminals M in luxury watches
Pictured: Automatic winding Tourbillon McLaren Speedtail RM 40-01. Photo courtesy of www.richardmille.com

The McLaren-inspired piece pictured above is currently listed at $1.022M. 

The thieves had to know the watches were there…given that the average car dealership doesn’t also sell watches, even the ones that sell Lamborghinis and Bentleys. 

Meanwhile, these types of smash and grab robberies are becoming more common place, and Chicago’s mayor, Lori Lightfoot is casting the blame on business owners (keep reading for more on the lunacy coming from the mayor’s office). For victims like Perillo, they have had enough of politician’s words. They want to see action.

“A city that I love, and everybody loves to come to is going to be a desert if they don’t stop this. We’re going to have people moving out of this city, they’re moving out now, that want to just be safe.”

According to Fox News, Perillo voted for Lightfoot, but said he will not support her going forward. 

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