Crime and Safety

Letters to the Editor – January 26, 2023

Problem: Store owners in the Bronx who hire private security guards to protect their business.

It was only a matter of time before these store owners had to hire private security guards to protect our city from crime (“The Bronx Turns,” Jan. 25).

I have to give credit to these store owners for coming together to protect their business. But the responsibility rests with Mayor Adams. He follows in the footsteps of his predecessor.

So all I can say is: Mr. Mayor, you don’t have to visit other cities just to get to know your face. It does not matter. Besides, going to the Texas border to witness the catastrophe taking place there was a waste of time. It’s not your problem. This is President Biden.

Stay in your city and do your best to stop all this crime. This is your job.

Rob Johann


Having to hire their own services (security in this case) because the city and state are not doing their job should result in store owners either billing city/state agencies or getting dollar for dollar, beyond their means. – pocket expenses deducted from their taxes.

It’s ironic that local politics has led store owners to fend for themselves.

Dave Mortensen

Fairfield County, Connecticut.

Store owners are forced to hire security guards not only to protect their stores, but also to protect citizens walking on sidewalks.

NYPD members are leaving in large numbers – many are retiring, and many are simply quitting.

Many young men and women are reluctant to take jobs because of the way our officers are treated with total disrespect.

You cannot blame them. Our current society has completely turned its back on any law enforcement, and that’s a shame.

The same elected officials who call for an end to police funding are the first to call them when they have problems. What’s wrong with this picture? We need more police, plain and simple.

Kim Cody

White stone

As a former resident of New York and, at one point, the South Bronx in particular, I welcome any effort to combat crime and its consequences.

Because we’ve seen too many cases of people standing around and just watching criminal activity, these patrols should have a positive impact.

As for Curtis Plum’s criticism that they are unarmed and therefore ineffective, aren’t Guardian Angels unarmed?

Sharon Wylie

Westport, Connecticut.

Issue: Article by Matt Palumbo on how George Soros contributed to urban criminal justice reform.

George Soros’s article is a great piece of work (“Soros’ Procriminal Empire” by Matt Palumbo, January 23).

I never knew the extent of his attempts to undermine our judicial system. This should be a lesson to voters about vetting candidates.

I wonder if Soros or his henchmen ever thought about the impact of their philosophy? Maybe they should visit the local detention center and learn about the crimes and damage they have contributed to.

Greg Raleigh


George Soros has corrupted the American justice system.

He has done incalculable damage by supporting district attorneys who vow not to prosecute crime in order to use his money to buy himself a seat in the office.

Soros does not live among the people most affected by his actions, the minority communities in all the cities where his henchmen are paid.

These minority communities are often victims of these unsolved crimes.

Bo Madden

Jupiter, Florida.

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