Updated 06/01/2012 05:32 PM
Businesses hire private security ahead of DNC
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CHARLOTTE – Thousands of visitors will be in Charlotte in September for the Democratic National Convention and security will be on high alert, but that's not stopping some small business owners from putting their own security measures in place.
“We decided that we were going to get equipped with our own security during that time because it's going to be a busy time,” said Jill Sauer, manager of Matt's Chicago Dogs, who hired some Cornelius police officers to help with security during the DNC. “You don't know what's going to happen with all the protesting going on.”
Bob Morrison, owner of The Sandwich Shop, says he has no immediate plans to hire security personnel but he will put more people to work.
“I will probably have to hire more people to stay around the clock,” he said.
In a Youtube interview with the Charlotte Chamber, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Rodney Monroe said it's not a bad idea for businesses to hire their own security.
“Quite naturally, we are asking businesses and property owners to take added precautions within their business. They should make sure they know who is in their business,” he said.
Right now, the police department is keeping its security plans under wraps.
“When you start talking about the security perimeter, that tells a lot about the event, and when you start to try to get down to the detail of the process, it serves everyone's best interest if we look to protect that right now,” Monroe said.
Monroe says people who live and work in the area will be informed with plenty of notice before the convention.
Here's the full video from YouTube: