'A small dose of paranoia is healthy'

Protect-a-Party keeps guests safe undercover
Posted at 5:58 PM, Jun 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-13 19:21:52-04

CINCINNATI -- After the attacks in San Bernadino in Dec. 2015, venue owner Mark Rogers began searching for a new way to keep his guests at the 20th Century Theater safe.

Rogers said he decided to hire Protect-a-Party, a group of ex-military personnel who work security undercover at events.

"As a venue owner, I have no choice but to have protection here," Rogers said. "I wish I didn't have to, but I have no choice."

Rogers said the theater has at least fully-armed security guards present at every event.

"You'll never see them, but you'll know they're here," he said.

When you're out in public, the responsibility shifts to the individual, City Manager Harry Black said.

"A small dose of paranoia can be healthy," he said. "You have to be on constant alert."

The motto "If you see something, say something" can go a long way to ensure public safety, Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Neil said.

"If it just doesn't feel right, report it," he said. "We don't judge people who report information because it's our job to cover your backs. We're looking out for you."

If you do see something suspicious, you can always call Crimestoppers at 513-352-3040 or text “CINTIP" plus your tip to CRIMES (274637). You will always remain anonymous.