Bronx merchants set up private patrols to combat crime

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A group of Bronx merchants got so fed up with rampant crime in New York City that they took matters into their own hands — hiring private security guards to keep order on a bustling commercial strip.

The five-person  “Ambassadors Program” is being run by the Fordham Road Business Improvement District Wednesdays through Saturdays between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.

The unarmed ambassadors’ mandate is to patrol the borough’s busiest shopping district, along Fordham Road from Jerome Avenue to Washington Avenue.

They will meet and greet merchants and customers to act as a deterrent to thieves but also serve as additional eyes throughout the Fordham neighborhood to report any suspicious, unsafe activity or criminal acts, according to the Fordham BID.

Bronx Councilman Oswald Feliz, who represents the Fordham Road shopping corridor, said more has to be done…

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