California-based private security firm has stated that it is having difficulty keeping up with demand as many small businesses are “panicking” for protection in the face of an explosion of crime and smash and grab.
During an appearance on “Fox & Friends First,” Omni Private Security Services CEO Joseph Farag said many of the small businesses aren’t able to afford their services.
“Sometimes we have to do it at cost even just to get these businesses covered, and then they can’t even keep us for that long. And it’s really, really disheartening, but we’re just trying to keep up with the demand.”
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Farag went on to describe the influx of calls as a “tough situation” that has put his guards and other business’ customers at risk and laid the blame squarely on liberal policies in cities across the U.S that provide “no consequences” for criminals.
“I would say defunding the police of a 150 million [people]This was a big part of the problem. You call up the police, and they just don’t come because they’re wearing thin. And then another one is this trend of people thinking they’re not gonna get caught or when they do get caught we let them out right away, no bail, no nothing,” said Farag.
Omni Private Security Services, which serves Los Angeles and Riverside Counties, charges around $25 to $30 an hour, depending on whether a guard is armed, according to the company’s CFO Andrew Dimian.
Los Angeles’ robberies increased nearly 4 percent year-over-year, according to the LAPD.
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Some blame has been directed toward California’s Proposition 47 – a 2014 law that lowered shoplifting charges related to the theft of $950 or less from felonies to misdemeanors.
The ballot measure was supported by the then-Lt. Governor. Gavin Newsom and Darrell Steinberg (then-state senator) were among the supporters of the ballot measure, as well as other Democrats from the state.
This report was contributed by Sam Dorman, Fox News.