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Market Common changing security services

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The Market Common will no longer employ security guards from Universal Protection Services. Instead, it will be hiring Property Ambassadors to perform the same duties. (Source: Conor McCue) The Market Common will no longer employ security guards from Universal Protection Services. Instead, it will be hiring Property Ambassadors to perform the same duties. (Source: Conor McCue)

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Every day for nearly four years, Don Zimbardo and friends meet at the Market Common for coffee. They joke they are solving the world's problems, and today the problem is right around the corner.

"I think they're doing the wrong thing," explained local Don Zimbardo.

This morning, residents in some of the apartment buildings found out there will be a change in security this week. Management left flyers with the announcement in lobbies of all the apartment complexes.

The Market Common will no longer employ security guards from Universal Protection Services. Instead, it will be hiring Property Ambassadors to perform the same duties.

"What does that mean?" asked Zimbardo. "That's not security, that's not taking care of somebody."

The ambassadors will have the same power and jurisdiction, but they will not be trained by the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division. Zimbardo and other locals find the switch un-nerving, but The Market Common ensures nothing will change.

Manager Brooke Doswell said it will no longer be using Universal Protection Services and does not need SLED certification because Market Common is located on public property. The cost will be the same and will have the same number of employees.

Doswell said the switch comes after difficulties with the personnel and the current security company.

"I think they should get the opinions of the people that definitely live here, and the store owners," Zimbardo said.

We also spoke with several businesses in the area and not one said they are aware of the changes.

Some men in Zimbardo's group live in the development and say they are worried not enough people know about the change. They do not believe it is a problem now, but they are worried about the future.

"Now I think it's safe, I like it very much, but what they're going to do, I'm concerned," Zimbardo explained.

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