BALTIMORE (WJZ)– Baltimore City has passed the 300-homicide mark for the third year in a row, from 2015-2017, and business owners are taking matters into their own hands.

Business owners in Fells Point say the crime is out of control and is scaring customers away, so they’ve hired private security officers to patrol the streets.

Last year, 343 people were murder in the city. The violent spike in crime also found its way to the downtown and Inner Harbor areas.

The small business community has vowed to stop the bloodshed and keep residents and visitors safe. The Downtown Partnership shelled out a staggering $30,000 during the holiday season for extra security.

The money came from business owners and retailers who paid for more than a dozen private officers, who roamed downtown Baltimore for about two weeks, including the Inner Harbor for the New Year’s fireworks show.

“I don’t feel safe. I feel like they need to do more,” Brittney Johnson said.

Uniformed guides and security officers have been on guard, while maintenance crews have been tending to the district.

“It is the way we need to move forward for ourselves and for our businesses, because we can’t keep going the same direction that we’re going and not getting results,” said Points South Baltimore owner Bryson Keens.

Zelda Zen owner Beth said as the murder rate climbs, sales drop.

“The customers are not coming downtown,” Beth said.

The hired personnel have been also walking employees to their cars at night.

Some of the guards are armed, according to officials. The Downtown Partnership said they have ended the holiday security program but it will resume later in January.

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Comments (60)
  1. Elections have consequences, right Dems?

  2. Baltimore is in desperate need of virtuous leaders: competent; courageous; temperate; and, just. If my hometown can’t muster such leaders, perhaps Annapolis needs to take control of the police department.

  3. Frank Muller says:

    Don’t make the black kids angry by Colin Flaherty

  4. That’s why i never vote Democrat. Everything goes down hill. Democrats stir up hate and crime and then sell themselves to the solution of their mess.

  5. Love this comment, “I don’t feel safe. I feel like they need to do more,” Brittney Johnson said. How about the citizens of the city do something to help. Why is it up to the business owners to keep them all safe?

  6. It’s the usual suspects from the anti-civilization thug culture of violence segment.

  7. John Jupiter says:

    the so called “people” committing these crimes, are all BLACK.

  8. Tanya Martin says:

    Blacks need to live like white people.

  9. Jimmy VA says:

    It is now time for Armed Maryland Citizen Patrols to blanket the Streets of Democratically Controlled Cess Pool, Baltimore. If anything happens to my kid going to school up there. I will sue the pants off of the Liberal Mayor’s office. We have had enough, Liberals. Now, we punch back, hard.

  10. Nothing to see here, just another Democrat run hell hole.

  11. And the Baltimore residents will continue to vote Democratic, and they will blame the Republican party, the NRA, the alt-Right, Bannon, Trump, the KKK, the neo-Nazis, white peepo, Christians, white and black cops, and Uncle Toms for all of Baltimore’s problems and black peepos problems.

    Baltimore residents will continue support the Democrat party because, as LBJ once said, “all those Ns will vote Democratic for the next 200 hundred years.”

    1. Tommy Sirls says:

      Well said! Bravo! “The time will come when telling the truth will be a revolutionary act.” Ayn Rand

  12. What a godforsaken hell hole. I’m embarrassed to admit I’m from there. I plan on never going to Baltimore ever again.

  13. Ghetto Democrats won’t allow the election of anyone who would stop all of this violence i.e a Conservative.

  14. Cody Silver says:

    That is what happens when the establishment is against law enforcement!!!

  15. Lilith Whyte says:

    It is a scientific fact that your health is in serious danger when you see a knee grow. Never ignore it and never keep still. Keep it moving or it will certainly cripple you.

  16. Don McCoy says:

    What a (needed?) slap in the face for a police department who has either allowed themselves to be barred from doing their jobs…or has abdicated the responsibility as a result of demoralization (and who could blame them?). Imagine paying your taxes and STILL having to shell out the cash for private protection because the cops you pay have surrendered to the Liberal Progressive anti-police movement? That would be INFURIATING!

    But…that’s life in a city RUN INTO THE GROUND by Democrats….

  17. Anne Tenney says:

    Sorry, this is what Baltimore deserves. You wanted the police to take a hands-off approach. What did you expect to happen? They were repeatedly told to stand down by officials and now you have chaos. This is what happens in Democrat Liberal cities. Look at Chicago, Detroit. Either change your government or accept the status quo.

  18. No sympathy what’s so ever. They declared war on the police and now the criminals rule. They are reaping what they sowed and it is a bitter harvest. I’ve been in Baltimore and it is God awful to say the least. It would be cheaper, and better for the nation, if it was nuked and rebuilt. Just don’t tell the ‘good’ citizens there that that city is going to be nuked as they would leave.

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