Little Italy gets private security

A fund has been started for private security patrols in LIttle Italy, which will begin patrolling this Saturday, Aug. 24, from 6 p.m. to 3 a.m.

“We’re going to give it a shot,” said Gia Blatterman, president of Little Italy Community Organization.

Blatterman said she hopes that businesses in the neighborhood pick up about three-quarters of the cost of security.

“They’re going to kill me, but that’s how it is,” she said.

In July, a restaurant worker was attacked on Bank St. by a group of about 10 individuals, who broke his jaw and took his phone. On Sunday, Aug. 11, at 12:15 a.m., police again responded to Bank St., to the 1300 block.

Detective Jeremy Silbert told the Guide that the victim, a man, said that he was approached by several individuals, “all of them males in their 20s.”

One of the suspects allegedly demanded the victim’s money and personal belongings, and the victim reported that he was threatened with a knife, Silbert said.

Silbert went on to say that the suspects then assaulted the victim and took his belongings. The victim did not go to the hospital.

Blatterman did not say whether the hired security would be armed.

“We’re not hiring someone to bear arms,” she said, “but if they do, then they will have permits to do so.”

Blatterman also said that since the July attack, about 20 properties, residential and business, had installed security cameras.

She noted that perpetrators seem to be targeting “working people,” often those leaving restaurant jobs.

The security fund has been established at Colombo Bank, 224 Albemarle St.

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