Neighborhoods, businesses turning to private security companies for protection


AND WITH THE CONSTANT CRIME IN THE DUKE CITY… PEOPLE ARE TURNING TO OTHER OPTIONS. NEWS 13 )S FERNANDA LOPEZ IS LIVE ON COMANCHE NEAR PAN AMERICAN FREEWAY WITH MORE ON HOW PEOPLE ARE PROTECTING THEMSELVES FROM CROOKS. FERNANDA? JESSICA. UNABLE TO RELY ON POLICE… MANY ARE TURING TO PRIVATE SECURITY COMPANIES LIKE I-P-S. A LOCAL COMPANY THAT SAYS THEY CAN )T HIRE NEW SECURITY OFFICERS FAST ENOUGH. 13;57;18 how )s it going partner are you okay? 13;57; 19 JESSE MENDEZ OWNS BLACKTHORN PROTECTION… IT )S A SMALL PRIVATE SECURITY COMPANY THAT HE SAYS IS about a guy just kicking back in their space 13;57;40 EVERYDAY MENDEZ SAYS HE FINDS PEOPLE, WHERE THEY )RE NOT SUPPOSED TO BE. SOME ARE JUST HOMELESS. BUT OTHERS AREBURGLARS. Jesse Mendez Blackthorn protection, Owner 1;20 we used to just patrol parking lots 1;22 parking infractions and AND BUSINESSES EVEN REALTORS ARE LOOKING FOR EXTRA PROTECTION. Mendez 1;32 getting calls around the clock malls, movie theaters, banks, private businesses, residential, everything you could think of 10;02 that law enforcement is involoved in but we )re doing it on a privatized level 10;05 I-P-S HAS 85 MARKED PATROL UNITS… AND MORE ALBUQUERQUE )S CRIMINALS KEEP HIM BUSY. JONES 8;50 ever since we )ve been in business we )ve seen nothing but an upward sprial 8;52 JONES SAYS HIS PRIVATE SECURITY BUSINESS DOUBLES EVERY YEAR… AND HE CAN )T HIRE SECUTRY GUARDS OR BUY UNITS FAST ENOUGH. Aaron 13;40 we )re getting a lot of burglar MAGETTERI SAYS PRIVATE SECURITY IS FILLING A GAP WHERE A-P-D IS SHORTHANDED. 16;03 what we )re able to do is cut down the response time and i think thats one of the main services that we )re affording our clients 16;08 A-P-D SAYS THESE PRIVATE SECURITY COMPANIES ARE A GOOD TOOL AND RESOURCE FOR POLICE. A SPOKESPERSON SAYS EVEN IF A-P-D WERE FULLY STAFFED, THERE WOULD STILL BE A NEED FOR THEM. BACK TO YOU. OKAY FERNANDA. A-P-D STILL NEEDS ABOUT 140 MORE OFFICERS. BCSO SAYS THE DEPUTY WHO HIT AND KILLED A

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