Private security firms say demand is skyrocketing from California firms: “really disheartening”

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A California-based private security firm said it was struggling to meet demand for its services as small businesses “panic” to acquire protection amid a smash and grab crime attack.

During an appearance on “Fox & Friends First,” Joseph Farag, CEO of Omni Private Security Services, said many small businesses were unable to afford their services.

“Sometimes we have to do it at cost even just to cover these companies, and then they can’t even keep us 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 “predicament” that endangered his guards and other company clients and bluntly blamed liberal policies in cities across the United States that didn’t. “no consequence” for criminals.

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 13: Products are on display in locked security cabinets at a Walgreens store that is scheduled to close in the coming weeks on October 13, 2021 in San Francisco, California. Walgreens has announced plans to close five of its stores in San Francisco due to organized shoplifting that has plagued its stores in the city. The retail drugstore chain has already closed 10 stores in the city since 2019. (Photo by Justin Sullivan / Getty Images)
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“I would say fund the police a 150 million [people] was a big part of it. You call the police, and they don’t come because they’re thin. And then another is this tendency of people to think they’re not going to get caught or when they get caught we let them out right away, no bail, nothing, “said Farag.

Omni Private Security Services, which serves Los Angeles and Riverside counties, charges between $ 25 and $ 30 an hour, depending on whether a guard is armed or not, according to the company’s chief financial officer, Andrew Dimian.

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Flights to Los Angeles were up nearly 4% year-on-year as of Nov. 27, according to the LAPD.

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Some of the blame has been directed against California Proposition 47 – a 2014 law that reduced shoplifting costs associated with theft of $ 950 or less in misdemeanor crimes.

Supporters of the ballot measure then included the lieutenant. Governor Gavin Newsom, then Senator Darrell Steinberg and other Democrats across the state.

Sam Dorman of Fox News contributed to this report.


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