(TruthAndLiberty.com) – In Philadelphia, a cheesesteak joint reopened and hired armed security guards to keep both staff and customers safe as the city’s crime rates spike.
Jim’s West Steaks & Hoagies co-owner Victoria Wylie told Fox News that most commonly people will react to incidents only after they take place, meaning that someone ends up getting hurt or dying before they take action. As she said she did not find this to be acceptable which is why their focus is on preventing crime and violence rather than reacting to incidents of it.
The security guard is meant to act as a precautionary measure that helps show people that they are considering all the different possibilities of what would happen. She further pointed out that they wanted their customers to feel safe when they entered their joint.
Many U.S. cities, including Philadelphia, have struggled to deal with the increase in crime rates in recent years. Police Department data from the city have shown an overall 16 percent increase in crime year-to-date while in the last two years, there have been more than 500 homicides. As a result, many businesses have had to take action in order to ensure the safety of their staff and customers.
Wylie added that crime is still high in West Philadelphia and as someone who was reopening a business and had people expecting to go back to the popular joint, they just cannot guess who might come. This is why they chose to take a proactive measure and place security in the building.
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