Residents near Tower Grove consider hiring private security firm

Many residents who live near Tower Grove say they are sick of dealing with illegal dumping and package thieves and are considering bringing in private security to help. Credit: KMOV

Many residents who live near Tower Grove say they are sick of dealing with illegal dumping and package thieves and are considering bringing in private security to help.

Longtime Tower Grove area resident Stephen Laffoon said he is tired of all the issues afflicting the neighborhood and he thinks he knows how to address it.

“We could have private security in different parts of our Tower Grove neighborhood,” said Laffoon.

Laffoon isn’t alone in considering the idea. Another resident posted a picture Thursday of illegal dumping on a neighborhood page, words above the photo reading, “What can be done? Security guards?”

Not all residents agree.

“It’s going to take more than security guards it is going to take the people that live in these neighborhoods to actually speak up and confront these people,” said resident Adam Long.

Long believes being vigilant is a better option than paying for security.

“I’ll confront them. I’ll take the license plate number down, I’ll let them know that they’re dumping illegally and if I see them over here again, I’m going to call the police on them,” said Long.

News 4 reached out to the Tower Grove South Neighborhood Association, Alderwomen Annie Rice and Christine Ingrassia about the feasibility of hiring a private security firm and have only head back from Rice.

“I don’t think security guards are going to be able to do a whole lot about these issues. City Services is the thing we need to bolster, not security guards,” Rice said.

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