Live Updates: Chicago Protests and Unrest

Local security firms see surge in business

Private security firms in Chicago are seeing a spike in demand for services in the aftermath of lootings and unrest the last several days. Some firms are scrambling to hire more people to staff security presence at clients including apartment buildings, small businesses and office towers.

John Griffin Jr., the owner of AGB Investigative Services on the city’s South Side, said there’s been about a 25% in requests for services. He said most clients are looking for armed and unarmed security, as well as vehicle patrol. Griffin said demand has increased across the city, but mostly downtown.