Parents: Guards At Vacant Buildings Will Keep Kids Safer

CHICAGO (CBS) — It seems parents are in favor of an idea that will be proposed this week in the City Council, to make it safer for children to walk to their neighborhood schools.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Bernie Tafoya reports, Shaquita Nichols walked her 14-year-old son to Curtis Elementary School, at 32 E. 115th St. on the cusp of the Roseland and West Pullman neighborhoods.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Bernie Tafoya reports

The community has many more vacant and boarded-up buildings than anyone would want, and has had more than its share of crime in the city.

For that reason, Nichols is in favor of the new city law requiring security guards in vacant buildings.

“For our kids’ security, you know, we’ve got a lot of kids coming from different directions, and they’ll be scared to walk past abandoned buildings, you know, they want to be secure, so I think we need the security, wherever it’s needed,” she said.

The proposal would require any landlord who owns five vacant buildings or more to place security guards at the buildings from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Violations could bring $500 fines.

  • Tramicia

    I thought this sounded like a pretty good idea, until I got to the last paragraph. It’s not right to require landlords to pay out the butt for security gaurds for security in a garbage neighborhood. If people in blackville don’t have any desire to clean up their neighborhoods, then why should building owners pay. It’s not the buildings commiting the crimes, it’s the negroids that live there!!!!


    Lordy,Lordy,where is it going to stop? Next the city will need to provide personal body guards for each citizen because the Reverends Jackson and Sharpton are too busy filling their pockets rather than help cure what ails the black communities.Why don’t we see any positive results from all the time and money spent from the most famous community organizer of all time,Mr Obama himself? Roseland,Pullman,Riverdale,Dolton,Harvey,and most all other communities have fallen to the great onslaught with out any glint or hope to rectify the decay or lawless neighbor hoods. Lordy,Lordy,what have we done?

  • In the thick of it

    Will these guards be screened to determine if they are child molesters or drug dealers? Will the guards be armed and able to defend themselves? So, the guards will just sit on a porch of an abandoned dump all day? What about at night?

    The City should tear down every single abandoned, crumbling, uninhabitable dump. The dumps that are beyond repair or rehab because that will never happen.

    Tear down those dumps and send the bill to the owner.

    The idea of wasting time and money by having someone put their life on the line by having to guard a hopeless dump is a ridiculous idea to begin with.

    Do the residents a favor and tear down those buildings immediately. Those decrepit structures serve no purpose.

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