Stockton residents, businesses turning to private security | News
STOCKTON, CA - Ten more businesses on Harding Way in Stockton's Miracle Mile district have agreed to pay for private security.
It's hardly an unusual step with a shrinking Stockton police force and a street that's become grittier and grittier over the past few years.
What is more unusual however, is that residents in the same part of town, are also paying for their own security patrols.
"We've worked hard for our home. No one has the right at all to invade your privacy--to take what's not theirs," said resident Sandy Mulvihill.
She's one of about four dozen homeowners to pay about $50 each, per month, for many hours of patrols. "It's helped a lot," she said.
Some of the homes in this area are close to a hundred years old. Some residents have been there more than 40 years. They grew tired of the increase in break-ins and responded.
"Rock through the window--only took our laptop, but that was enough to get our interest," said John Patridge.