We don’t often think of the police as socialist law enforcement, but citizens are having to search for private solutions.
Socialist law enforcement, just like socialist education, doesn’t break down equally in all locations. There are many local factors that can slow down (or speed up) the development of problems.
But Chicago is a place where socialist law enforcement causes a shortage of security, in the same way Venezuelan socialism causes shortages of toilet paper. Just like parents who pay for a private school in addition to paying taxes for the public schools, some are paying for private policing.
According to the local CBS affiliate,
Security firm owner Howard Greer, also a Chicago cop, patrols the 1100 block of North LaSalle. It’s his off-duty job, paid for by this De Mudd.
“I’ve been watching my neighborhood deteriorate over the last couple of years,” Mudd says.
Police, he says, couldn’t keep up. So, Greer and fellow off-duty officers now walk the Gold Coast pocket with guns and handcuffs — six days a week, eight hours a day.
The biggest problems here? Drug dealing, prostitution and loitering.
“It’s like a supplement, supplement to crime fighting, supplement to police department,” Greer explains. “I think it’s very effective.”
It’s not cheap. Mudd says he’s paid $5,000 since mid-August and anticipates spending $50,000.
“I have the means. I’ve been very fortunate,” he says.
Mudd doesn’t blame police and, in fact, sympathizes with them. He also talked to his alderman before hiring Greer’s firm.
The money spent by Mudd has a spillover effect. Others are safer because Mudd is able and willing to pay for a safer neighborhood. Notice that Mudd doesn’t claim that anyone owes him money because they are benefitting from these patrols.
Nor is Mudd using these patrols to generate revenue. He wants a safer neighborhood and doesn’t pile other duties onto Greer’s firm.
Socialist law enforcement is being supplemented with the free market elsewhere.
Maybe more people could afford such solutions if taxes weren’t so high.
Below is a video about private security in Detroit: