A Philadelphia gas station owner hired heavily armed guards to fend off criminals amid a dangerous rise in crime, according to a report.
“They are forcing us to hire the security, high-level security, state level,” Patel told Fox 29. “We are tired of this nonsense; robbery, drug trafficking, hanging around gangs.”
A North Philly owner says he’s had enough violent crime at his gas station so he’s hired these guys to protect his customers and store.
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Patel said a group of young kids vandalized his gas station and stole his ATM machine, prompting him to hire private security as a last ditch effort to stave off criminals. Patel said locals have been slightly concerned about the armed security. (RELATED: Philadelphia Readies Curfew To Protect Children From Violent Crime Surge)
“I listen to them, but according to some people, violent people, they carry the guns, they’re not afraid of them? This is the protection for the neighborhood and the customers,” Patel reportedly said, adding his business has not seen any more crime since he hired the security.
Chief Andre Boyer said his team is well trained to do the job, according to Fox 5.
“We wear Kevlar, we are trained, my guards go to training every other week, they’re proficient with [their guns] and with their taser, they know the law.”