Wealthy Neighborhoods in Chicago Hire Their Own Private Police as Crime Rises

‘It’s a little like a dystopian sci-fi movie when you see the flashing green lights go by,’ says a Chicago resident of private patrol cars in his neighborhood. (PHOTO: JOE BARRETT/THE WALL STREET JOURNAL)

Alarmed by growing numbers of carjackings and other street crimes, several neighborhoods on Chicago’s affluent North Side have signed up for patrols by armed off-duty police officers to create what some security companies are calling virtual gated communities.

At least five neighborhoods in or adjacent to Chicago’s North Side have added patrols for the first time in the past six months or are planning to sign up for patrols with P4 Security Solutions LLC, said Paul Ohm, executive vice president and principal.

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SOURCE: The Wall Street Journal, Joe Barrett

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