Philly gas station owner hires security guards armed with AR-15s and dressed in kevlar vests

Author: Yuvi December 7, 2022


The owner of a Philadelphia gas station recently reported hiring a security team armed with AR-15s, and shotguns and decked out in Kevlar vests as he fights to combat the city’s ongoing crime crisis.

Neil Patel, who oversees a Karco gas station in North Philadelphia, said he hired state SITE agents to protect his employees and customers after several recent incidents during which his store was ransacked.

Patel told a local Fox outlet that criminals are ‘forcing us to hire the security, high-level security, state-level.’

‘We are tired of this nonsense; robbery, drug trafficking, hanging around, gangs,’ he added.

North Philadelphia Karco owner Neil Patel said the community is ‘tired of this nonsense; robbery, drug trafficking’ and gangs that are making it almost impossible to run neighborhood businesses that are seriously damaged by repeated theft

SITE Chief Andre Boyer said his teams are armed and trained to protect customers' property by any means necessary.  Patel says he hasn't had a problem with neighborhood criminals since bringing on extra security.

SITE Chief Andre Boyer said his teams are armed and trained to protect customers’ property by any means necessary. Patel says he hasn’t had a problem with neighborhood criminals since bringing on extra security.

Patel shared an image of his gas station store after a recent ransacking by a local gang of criminals.  His ATM was also dragged out of the store by local hooded criminals.

Patel shared an image of his gas station store after a recent ransacking by a local gang of criminals. His ATM was also dragged out of the store by local hooded criminals.

Local resident Korrie Barry said she 'supports the owner' and his decision to bring on the security team, adding that she is sympathetic to individuals who 'live in a bad area' and are just trying to 'get gas' without confronting criminal danger.

Local resident Korrie Barry said she ‘supports the owner’ and his decision to bring on the security team, adding that she is sympathetic to individuals who ‘live in a bad area’ and are just trying to ‘get gas’ without confronting criminal danger.

Private security have begun to stand guard at the neighborhood Karco. Patel said he was sick of the criminal 'nonsense' taking place in his business.

Patel said he has not had a problem with criminal confrontation since hiring the SITE agents.

The small business owner said he was recently pushed to hire a security team after a group of young people vandalized his business and stole his ATM. He said his car had also been damaged by area criminals.

Patel shared pictures and footage of a ransacked store, hooded criminals dragging the ATM machine out of the store, and his car with slashed tires and a smashed window.

Most local residents and neighbors of Patel and his station said they supported Patel’s decision to staff up with visibly armed security.

Local resident Korrie Barry said she ‘supports the owner’ and his decision to bring on the security team, adding that she is sympathetic to individuals who ‘live in a bad area’ and are just trying to ‘get gas’ without confronting criminal danger.

One resident said he opposed Patel’s decision, saying he didn’t like the idea of ​​children encountering large guards who are armed to the teeth.

Patel said he understands the concern, but that the response is motivated by criminals who are also armed.

‘I listen to them, but…violent people, they carry the guns,’ he said. ‘I fear for the safety of my employees’ as well as his customers.

Pennsylvania SITE State Agents can be hired as private armed security for events and businesses.

SITE Chief Andre Boyer said his team wears Kevlar and “are trained.”

‘My guards go to training every other week, they’re proficient with [guns] and with their taser, they know the law,’ he said.

‘We have a right to protect this property by any means necessary, and whatever force necessary to be used to protect it,’ he added about Patel’s business.

Despite what may have, in a previous time, seemed like a drastic measure, Patel says his business has not had any run-ins with lawbreakers since he beefed up his security presence.

Patel shared pictures of slashed tires on his car and broken glass on the window shield, acts also committed by local criminals

Patel shared pictures of slashed tires on his car and broken glass on the window shield, acts also committed by local criminals

A hooded criminal is seen dragging Patel's ATM out of the North Philadelphia

A hooded criminal is seen dragging Patel’s ATM out of the North Philadelphia

Philadelphia police officers recently told the city's mayor that they are unable to 'keep up' with the rapidly rising crime rate.

Philadelphia police officers recently told the city’s mayor that they are unable to ‘keep up’ with the rapidly rising crime rate.

The steady stream of violent episodes lambasted leftist city officials for the wave of incident, including progressive Mayor Jim Kenney - who was forced last month to stage an emergency meeting behind closed doors with city officials to discuss ways to reduce the violence

The steady stream of violent episodes prompted the Democratic city leader Jim Kenney to call an emergency meeting behind closed doors with city officials to discuss ways to reduce the violence in September.

Violent crime as a whole is up about three percent year-to-date in Philadelphia overall crime has surged 23 percent since this time last year.

Robberies have skyrocketed 36.7 percent during the last year as the city’s liberal leadership contends with how to confront the crime crisis.

Earlier this year, Philadelphia police appealed to the city’s mayor that they “can’t keep up” with the rapidly rising homicide rate, and the mayor on Monday signed an order that will ban citizens from carrying guns in public places like parks and schools.

The crisis of lawlessness in Philadelphia has become so dire that the city’s District Attorney, progressive Larry Krasner, is currently facing an impeachment trial.

Earlier this month, state legislators voted to impeach Krasner over progressive policies that have contributed to the vast rise in crime in Philadelphia.

In a near party-line vote, state assembly members voted 107-85 to move ahead with what would be the state’s first impeachment trial in 30 years.

State Republicans, whose majority shrank by one seat this year, will need the support of at least some state Senate Democrats in order to attain the two-thirds majority vote necessary to remove Krasner.

Author: Yuvi

My name is Yuvi, I work as Sub Editor at newscinema.in

7 December, 2022, 10:29 am

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