William Quinn and other bicycling security guards are patrolling Memphis’s Audubon Park area, where leaders hope to stem fears of increasing crime in the comfortable neighborhood where a young Elvis Presley once owned a home. Quinn’s bosses at Corporate IQ Inc. think the bikes give their officers the ability to meld with the community, in addition to providing nimble transportation that can roll right to the action. Quinn, 41, is just back from a 20-month National Guard stint in Arizona, where he helped U.S. Border Patrol agents fight drug trafficking and illegal immigration. He said it taught him to play a constant game of “what if?” — “You’ve got to expect the unexpected.”
Corporate IQ charges each participating resident $65 a month, although prices vary according to whether customers want to prepay. The company needs about 100 customers to make the service viable, said president Michael McCune. Nearly 80 have signed up so far.