In the picturesque City Different
with a population of 67,947 (2010 census count)
the following crimes got reported during March 1.-14.
(a period of icy, cold and stormy weather
numbers may climb considerably in warmer temperatures.
-Total number of crimes; 1,221
-Average number of crimes per day: 87.21
-Average number of crimes per day that pertain to traffic, including the most common DWI: 42
-Average number of traffic citations per day: 36.93
-Total number of DWIs: 12
-Average number of alcohol-related incidents per day: 3.57
-Number of drug reports: 16
-Number of sexual offense reports: 0
-Number of thefts:17
-Average number of thefts per day: 8.14
-Percentage of total crimes that are thefts: 42
-My 'hood has is one with a higher percentage of theft.
-Number of burglaries: 60
-Average number of burglaries per day: 4.29
-Number of burglaries in my 'hood: 1
(Likely low due to the cold weather of late!)
Approximate number of police officers: 150
These numbers were published in today's weekly paper The Reporter and follow two homicides only this month in easy walking distance from my home, likely both related to burglaries.
2 a.m. today, before retiring, I left a comment under an article in our daily news in regard to a man held since the weekend for cruelty to an animal. Only 30 miles up north a guy made a sport of hunting down a puppy on purpose. It had escaped out in to street and while his own dog was running lose up the block to their home, he veered toward the puppy and killed it and later admitted he had attempted the same several times before. I suggest the guy be prosecuted to the full extend with service to the community performed at the local animal shelter under supervision, as far as I a am concerned for the rest of his natural life. Included ought to be aggression management counseling, that ought to probably be mandatory also for the rest of his natural life (well we can always wish.) We all know that aggression toward animals lowers the threshold toward violence against people.
Furthermore, 80% did not vote in our recent city elections (I am part of the twenty that did vote.)
So there you have it, some reality that goes along with picturesque photos of an artsy, trendy, culturally diverse and interesting, quaint, little town, that struggles with poverty, addiction, high drop out quotas, under-performing schools and lack of jobs. Despite a minimum wage above $10 (since this year, one of the highest in the US) it still makes it impossible to rent, much less own a home in downtown, so workers tend to live miles away outside of town, which includes a large part of our service men in the police force.