Private security hired to patrol Lakeshore East

By Stephanie Racine | Staff Writer

In late February, the Lakeshore East Master Association announced in an email to residents that they had hired Monterrey Security, a private security firm, to provide the Lakeshore East area with a safety ambassador, who will act as a deterrent against crime in the neighborhood.

Security guard Jequan Lewis, will patrol on Fridays and Saturdays from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Residents will be able to identify the new safety ambassador by the bright red
jacket he wears with the words “Monterrey Security” written on the front and back.

The email also described the ambassador’s responsibilities. He can be used as a walking escort, act as a witness in any crime he observes, liaise between the community and the police, and make suggestions on how to improve safety in the area. He will also act as a customer service agent and can answer questions about amenities, events, and businesses in the area and he will be able to report on any issues that concern residents, such as
graffiti, suspicious activity, and damaged signs or lampposts.

The Association stressed in the emails that the ambassador is not the police and is unable to make arrests, but rather serves as an extension of the eyes and ears for police and can be in contact with the police as he makes his rounds. If a resident feels unsafe or sees a crime being committed they are advised to call 911.

Monterrey Security has many contracts in Chicago, including with Soldier Field, Lincoln Park Zoo, Navy Pier, and the annual Lollapalooza music festival, according to their website.

As of the time of printing, the Lakeshore East Master Association and Monterrey Security had not responded to requests for further information.

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