Marquette Park Security System In Jeopardy

Marquette Park Security System In Jeopardy


CRACKING DOWN ON CRIME IN ENGLEWOOD NEIGHBORHOOD. TONIGHT, SUPERINTENDENT EDDIE JOHNSON SAYS HE IS SHOCKED AND DISAPPOINTED THE ACCUSATION. A GET THEM SAFER DECADE, NOW MARQUETTE PARK RESIDENTS WANT TO KNOW WHY A SPECIAL SECURITY PROGRAM THEY FUNDED IS ENDING. WITHOUT THE EXTRA EYES, MANY ARE WORRIED THAT CRIMINALS WILL FEEL WELCOME IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD. CHARLIE TAMARA IS LIVE AT MARKET PART. Reporter: ERIC GEHRIG AND IT EVENING, FROM THIS ROOM, ABOUT A DOZEN CAMERAS ARE BEING MONITORED ALL THROUGHOUT MY CURRENT PARK AS THERE ARE PATROL CARS ON THE ROAD. RESIDENTS AND MARKET PART HAVE GROWN TO RELY ON THE SERVICE AND SOME OF THEM ARE ASKING HOW THE SERVICE WAS ABLE TO COME TO AN END, WHY IT IS COMING TO AN END SAYING IT ALL COULD’VE BEEN AVOIDED. WE COULD BE IN FOUR OR FIVE DIFFERENT LOCATIONS BACK Reporter: WE TOOK A RIDE THROUGH MARKET PARK. COME ON FELLAS, YOU HAVE TO MOVE AROUND. Reporter: THEY WERE WITH A TEAM OF OTHER OFFICERS PATROLLING RESIDENTIAL STREETS. THEY WERE MONITORING NETWORK OF ABOUT A DOZEN CAMERAS IN KNOWN HOTSPOTS. THAT USED TO BE OUR BIGGEST PROBLEM. Reporter: SERVING AS AN EXTRA SET OF EYES AND EARS FOR CHICAGO POLICE WHILE KEEPING RESIDENTS SAFE. BUT THE 20 CENTRAL PROGRAM, SPECIAL SERVICE AREA 14, OR SSA IS COMING TO AN END. FOR THE LAST 26 YEARS, TREMENDOUS PEACE OF MIND. IS A GREAT SET UP FOR THE COMMUNITY. IS A SAD THING IT WILL BE TAKEN AWAY FROM US. Reporter: PROPERTY OWNERS LIKE JOE FUND THE SERVICE THROUGH INCREASED PROPERTY TAXES . THE $100 A YEAR I GET SECURITY FOR ALL YEAR-ROUND. Reporter: ALONG WITH F ROOM FULL OF PEOPLE ATTENDING SSA’S FINAL MEETING. THIS COST A LOT. WE HAVE TO CLOSE OUT THIS TONIGHT. Reporter: WORRY ABOUT WHAT WILL HAPPEN WHEN THE CAMERAS GO DARK AND THE PATROL STOP. OF COURSE IS GOING TO CAUSE A VOID AND AVOID WILL COST CRIME. Reporter: INCREASED GANGSTER TRAFFIC, — THEY DECIDED NOT TO RENEW THE ORDINANCE AFTER 26 YEARS. ALDERMAN DAVID MOORE WAS AT TONIGHTS SENDOFF MEETING. WE WENT OVER AND ASKED THE OLDER MEN WHY THE SECURITY PROGRAM WASN’T RENEWED FOR THE PEOPLE HE SERVES, HE HAD NO INTEREST IN TALKING. AND I DID SPEAK WITH ALDERMAN DER CURTIS OVER THE PHONE TODAY. HE DOES SUPPORT THE SSA AND HE WOULD BE IN FAVOR OF EXPANDING SOME VERSION OF IT, BUT HERE WE ARE, THIS PROGRAM IS SET TO

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