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Retail workers on State Street happy as armed guards begin patrol

Mitch Dudek

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Two armed guards began patrolling State Street downtown Thursday and retail employees along the thoroughfare were thrilled.

“There’s a lot of young people who come in and snatch and grab and run and people with mental problems who come in and go off on people and make a scene,” said the manager of an electronics store who didn’t want to be named because he was not authorized to speak to the media.

Some retailers along the busy business district said such instances are often a weekly, if not daily, occurrence.

“Their presence will probably dissuade people just with the intention of stealing from coming downtown to State Street,” said the manager of a clothing store who also didn’t want to be named.

Armed private security guards hitting State Street

POSTED: MAR 01 2018 04:16PM CST

VIDEO POSTED: MAR 01 2018 04:21PM CST

UPDATED: MAR 01 2018 06:27PM CST

CHICAGO (AP) - Armed security guards are starting to patrol a popular shopping area in downtown Chicago.

The two uniformed guards will be dispatched to State Street south of the Chicago River for several hours during the day and again in the late afternoon and evening in a visible effort to prevent retail theft and other crimes.

An organization of local businesses and groups called the Chicago Loop Alliance hired a security company to patrol an area of Chicago where police are often busy racing from call to call and may not be able to respond as quickly as local businesses would like.

Armed Security Guards to Patrol State Street on Weekends

Armed security guards will begin patrolling one of the most popular shopping areas in downtown Chicago. 

The guards, which will be provided by HLSA Security according to a press release from the Chicago Loop Alliance (CLA), will patrol State Street between Wacker Drive and Congress Parkway beginning on Thursday morning.

The guards will be in uniform, be armed, have badges, and will be able to make arrests according to the CLA.

According to the press release, the guards will patrol Thursdays between 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., and between 4:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Read More