Charlotte sees a surge in demand for private security amid recent crime

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CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (QUEEN CITY NEWS) — After a violent weekend in CharlotteQueen City News has found an industry that benefits: private security.

Dr. Roy Taylor, owner of Capitol Special Patrol in West Charlotte, says he has seen a 15% increase in business every year since he started in private security shortly after 9/11.

This year, he says his business grew by 20%. He thinks the increase can be attributed to the increase in violent crime in Charlotte and across the country.

On Thursday, the CMPD announced a 25% increase in assaults with a firearm this year compared to the average of the last five years.

Additionally, FBI data shows that the number of serious assaults in restaurants increased by 60% between 2018 and 2020. Assaults in grocery stores increased by 73% during the same period, according to the the wall street journal.

It’s a phenomenon that’s bad for society but good for Taylor’s business.

“We have seen armed robberies in commercial establishments; we saw a lot more shootings in neighborhoods. We’ve had at least four homeowners’ associations go online here in Raleigh this month because of a young man who was caught running through a neighborhood with a gun,” he said.

Taylor describes his business as an addition to typical law enforcement. With nationwide staffing shortages and overworked officers, he says more help is needed.

“They just can’t patrol your neighborhood or your business the way you want them to, and especially with this increase in crime, it’s very annoying,” Taylor said.


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DeShayne Thomas says he feels lucky because his company, Solvent Logistics, is located a few doors down from Capitol Special Patrol.

“When we close, we don’t really worry about them because they come in and out of the building, so we feel safe,” Thomas said.

He believes an increased desire for private security is a sign of the times.

“We all see it on the news. Every day something happens,” Thomas said.

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