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Old 06-10-2011, 04:18 PM
 
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But in most cities, if you avoid known crime-saturated areas, you are probably not gonna encounter much crime. Charlotte thugs are more equal opportunity . . . they fan out into other areas....
Agreed. It's actually kinda startling these days.
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Old 06-10-2011, 06:59 PM
 
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I disagree totally with the idea that Charlotte's nicer areas are any more overrun with criminals than any other city. I've lived in Dallas and Atlanta and traveled to virtually every other city in the country. Charlotte's nice areas are no worse than anywhere else.

Well, Charlotte had a high crime rate even in the 80s. But the difference was . . . we didn't worry about such things as getting konked on the head at South Park. We just knew not to head to the high crime areas, especially after dark.

SO I speak from the perspective of seeing how the crime rate itself really hasn't changed that much - I suspect a bunch of the thugs were thugs back then, too. (Or maybe it is a whole new generation - there sure seem to be a disportionate amount of perps under 25 these days).

BUt not to digress . . . it was very rare indeed when folks had to worry about home invasions, shootings, etc in quiet neighborhoods. Today, that is not true.

There was a shooting (and the perp has still not been found) within 1/2 miles of my house (next development over) and PD told me that it was really sad how the crime had escalated in "this part" (S. CLT) of Charlotte - but that things had changed and with the bad economy, people are renting out houses to keep from losing their home to foreclosure - and homeowners are not professional property mgrs, so have made mistakes with who to rent to - and they had picked up several folks who were repeat offenders, living in houses that were rented to OTHERS- thus bringing a criminal element into areas that had not had that type of resident AND CRIME PROBLEM in the past.

Charlotte has always been known for having shady areas and crime filled hoods - LIKE ANY OTHER BIG CITY. But Charlotte was not a big city in 1980 and is only a medium sized city now. Yet, we are known as a drug depot . . . and have a high personal property crime rate.

It is what it is. If I am wrong, feel free to make ugly icons all over the page, hee hee. I am not trying to be difficult and this is a discussion I would rather admit I am wrong on, anyway.

Wish my concern about crime here were some sort of parnoia based on exaggeration.

And it may be. Or it may be that others are in denial.
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Old 06-11-2011, 06:17 AM
 
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Well, Charlotte had a high crime rate even in the 80s. But the difference was . . . we didn't worry about such things as getting konked on the head at South Park. We just knew not to head to the high crime areas, especially after dark.

SO I speak from the perspective of seeing how the crime rate itself really hasn't changed that much - I suspect a bunch of the thugs were thugs back then, too. (Or maybe it is a whole new generation - there sure seem to be a disportionate amount of perps under 25 these days).

BUt not to digress . . . it was very rare indeed when folks had to worry about home invasions, shootings, etc in quiet neighborhoods. Today, that is not true.

There was a shooting (and the perp has still not been found) within 1/2 miles of my house (next development over) and PD told me that it was really sad how the crime had escalated in "this part" (S. CLT) of Charlotte - but that things had changed and with the bad economy, people are renting out houses to keep from losing their home to foreclosure - and homeowners are not professional property mgrs, so have made mistakes with who to rent to - and they had picked up several folks who were repeat offenders, living in houses that were rented to OTHERS- thus bringing a criminal element into areas that had not had that type of resident AND CRIME PROBLEM in the past.

Charlotte has always been known for having shady areas and crime filled hoods - LIKE ANY OTHER BIG CITY. But Charlotte was not a big city in 1980 and is only a medium sized city now. Yet, we are known as a drug depot . . . and have a high personal property crime rate.

It is what it is. If I am wrong, feel free to make ugly icons all over the page, hee hee. I am not trying to be difficult and this is a discussion I would rather admit I am wrong on, anyway.

Wish my concern about crime here were some sort of parnoia based on exaggeration.

And it may be. Or it may be that others are in denial.
Richmond, Memphis, Birmingham, etc are smaller midsize cities with much more concern. No one is in "denial", crime happens everywhere. For the most part, I work in downtown DC but live in NC. I ride the metro from the Largo station to downtown. The Largo/Bowie, MD area is primarily composed of middle to upper income African Americans. Two weeks ago (7:00am), 30 minutes after I had boarded the train, someone got carjacked (in front on the garage I use everyday), shot, stabbed and the car was found later on that day in Northeast DC (suggesting that the culprits probably lived in the city). Next morning I arrive in the garage @5:45am ...business as usual. This isn't an everyday occurence and if it were, the police would be more vigilante. From time-time, these kind of incidents occur throughout the greated DC metro area (Northern VA, Montgomery County, etc).

Charlotte is no different than anywhere else, if it were, statistics would indicate otherwise; it would make national news and a case study. Yes, you are paranoid.
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Old 06-11-2011, 06:23 AM
 
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Birmingham's crime rate is pretty confined to a small inner city area - as I suspect much of the other mid-size cities with high crime rates are. There are always the "bad" parts of town that you have to avoid in any city mid-size or large.
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Old 06-11-2011, 07:21 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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No troubles around this town.....



Worker hit in Charlotte drive-by shooting | CharlotteObserver.com & The Charlotte Observer Newspaper (http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2011/06/09/2363816/worker-hit-in-charlotte-drive.html - broken link)

Charlotte isn't a town.
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Old 06-11-2011, 07:26 AM
 
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Personally, I'm in agreement with CharlotteGal and MikeyKid, b/c from what I've ever read on a lot of posts is people being realisitc about things going on in Charlotte, noone has ever tried to paint Charlotte as this picture perfect city where there are no problems whatsover, most people tell it like it is! Personally, for those of you who like to complain about every little thing, from crime to what Charlotte lacks compared to whatever place you came from before moving to Charlotte, if Charlotte is that bad of a city, then why in the hell are y'all still living there? I know Charlotte isn't perfect, but there must be some good things about it as well, or you wouldn't have moved there in the first place! That's my rant for the day, I'm out!

Chile please!!! Charlottes forum is used to promote the city. You rarely see crime threads.
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Old 06-11-2011, 07:31 AM
 
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Charlotte isn't a town.
oh please.......
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Old 06-11-2011, 07:38 AM
 
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oh please.......

LOL
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Old 06-11-2011, 10:44 AM
 
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Richmond, Memphis, Birmingham, etc are smaller midsize cities with much more concern. No one is in "denial", crime happens everywhere. For the most part, I work in downtown DC but live in NC. I ride the metro from the Largo station to downtown. The Largo/Bowie, MD area is primarily composed of middle to upper income African Americans. Two weeks ago (7:00am), 30 minutes after I had boarded the train, someone got carjacked (in front on the garage I use everyday), shot, stabbed and the car was found later on that day in Northeast DC (suggesting that the culprits probably lived in the city). Next morning I arrive in the garage @5:45am ...business as usual. This isn't an everyday occurence and if it were, the police would be more vigilante. From time-time, these kind of incidents occur throughout the greated DC metro area (Northern VA, Montgomery County, etc).

Charlotte is no different than anywhere else, if it were, statistics would indicate otherwise; it would make national news and a case study. Yes, you are paranoid.

Statistics DO indicate otherwise. You all keep talking about VIOLENT CRIME as if that is all the crime to be concerned about.

And I don't know what your scenario proves or doesn't prove in re: to Charlotte - and especially in re: to areas of Charlotte that have, in the past, rarely had crime occur. May I add . . . homes have always been broken into, probably since man rolled a stone up in front of a cave and called it "home" . . . but perps of the past waited til no one was home. Now, they brazenly charge in fully aware the homeowner is there. At least they do here - in Charlotte, NC.

So it isn't just a matter of x houses get broken into . . . or x cars get stolen . . it is the "i don't give a damn" attitude these thugs have - in yer face hostiiity, weapon or not.

At least the old school thugs tried to avoid people while committing their dirty deeds.

Anyone who says a female is paranoid for being concerned about her personal safety in this city - even when at home in her "safe" neighborhood - is in denial.
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Old 06-11-2011, 06:28 PM
 
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Statistics DO indicate otherwise. You all keep talking about VIOLENT CRIME as if that is all the crime to be concerned about.

And I don't know what your scenario proves or doesn't prove in re: to Charlotte - and especially in re: to areas of Charlotte that have, in the past, rarely had crime occur. May I add . . . homes have always been broken into, probably since man rolled a stone up in front of a cave and called it "home" . . . but perps of the past waited til no one was home. Now, they brazenly charge in fully aware the homeowner is there. At least they do here - in Charlotte, NC.

So it isn't just a matter of x houses get broken into . . . or x cars get stolen . . it is the "i don't give a damn" attitude these thugs have - in yer face hostiiity, weapon or not.

At least the old school thugs tried to avoid people while committing their dirty deeds.

Anyone who says a female is paranoid for being concerned about her personal safety in this city - even when at home in her "safe" neighborhood - is in denial.

???Yawn, if you are afraid to live in Charlotte, you should think about moving to Salt Lake or somewhere. Again have you ever really been to Baltimore, Philly or DC??? I don't care WHERE you live in those metros, you'd better be on your Ps and Qs; and get someTHICK skin in a hurry cause Charlotte is lightweight.
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