Tough Love Private Law Enforcement in Texas Gets Results

Murray Rothbard and other anarchocapitalists claimed that private contractors could work better than public monopolies. Sharpstown, Texas — a town of 66,000 near Houston — decided to find out. In 2012 Sharpstown fired the constable service and hired the private firm, SEAL Security Solutions. Things have been looking up ever since.

The SEAL teams spend more time on the job, instead of donut shoppes. The simple philosophy of “being there” seems to be making a difference in crime.

“Since we’ve been in there, an independent crime study that they’ve had done [indicates] we’ve reduced the crime by 61% in just 20 months,” James Alexander, Director of Operations for SEAL, told

The private security firm places its officers on continuous patrol in their assigned neighborhoods, as opposed to the strategy of intermittent presence that the constable embraced.

… When asked to compare traditional law enforcement to the SEAL model, Alexander explained:

“Law enforcement officers are trained to be reactive. They’re out there to run calls, they’re running one call to another, so they’re reacting to something that’s already happened. Private security, the way that we train our guys, is more proactive, meaning that we’re in the community proactively patrolling to prevent those crimes.”

Not only has SEAL been more successful at preventing crime in Sharpstown than traditional law enforcement, they are cheaper. Sharpstown is saving $200,000 per year over their previous contract with the constable, and they get more patrol officers for less money, reported. __ SPUTNIK

At least in Sharpstown, Murray Rothbard and his anarchocapitalist friends seem to be right. SEAL Security Solutions has saved the town $200,000 per year, AND “reduced crime by 61%.”

Private security firms offer a wide range of services, from private militaries, to high dollar international security services, all the way to the run of the mill minimum wage shopping mall rent-a-cop.

Replacing government law enforcement at all levels, from local to national, would be difficult. But if it had been done decades ago, many cities and states would not be faced with the “pension purgatory” that confronts them today.

Many other jobs that governments have taken upon themselves might likewise be better done by for-profit private firms, who must watch the bottom line — or go out of business.

Have you ever noticed that governments will completely destroy their jurisdictions (eg Detroit or Russia) before they admit that they are hopelessly screwed, and go voluntarily out of business? It doesn’t happen. Governments will devastate and demolish everything for which they are supposedly responsible, before voluntarily down-sizing.

Foods and drugs have expiration dates. Why not governments, government agencies, and government laws? If the entities are not performing to satisfaction at by the date of expiration, they are history.

Most modern humans seem to have become “citizens of the Idiocracy.” And although the alternatives may seem strange to the contemporary academically lobotomised university graduate, they are worth considering:

Murray Rothbard’s important works

Is it time to resurrect the idea of rugged individualism or even laissez-faire? (Pardon me if I have frightened the little girls and old ladies!)

Modern trends in the grasping growth of government bureaucracy and executive power suggest ominous consequences for the future, when combined with rapid advances in many areas of science and technology. The threat of an Orwellian world — all too real and familiar in Russia today — is becoming more tangible for the formerly freer worlds of the west.

Hope for the best. Prepare for the worst. It is never too late for a Dangerous Childhood.

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