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With cities cutting their police to balance budgets, some well-to-do neighborhoods are hiring private security, marking an expansion of unarmed guards beyond office parks and gated communities.
By Chris Stein, Correspondent / April 5, 2013

Oakland, Calif.
On the streets of Oakland, budget cuts have made the beat cop a rare breed, and some of the city's wealthy neighborhoods have turned to unarmed security guards to take their place.
After people in Oakland's wealthy enclaves like Oakmore or Piedmont Pines head to work, security companies take over, cruising the quiet streets to ward off burglars looking to take advantage of unattended homes.
"With less law enforcement on the streets and more home crime or perception of home crime, people are wanting something to replace that need," says Chris de Guzman, chief operating officer of First Alarm, a company that provides security to about 100 homes in Oakland. "That's why they're calling us and bringing companies like us aboard to provide that deterrent."

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When I lived in California in the late 80's, Oakland was NOT a place you wanted to take a wrong turn in. I have no reason to believe its gotten better with time.
 
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