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Old 10-30-2007, 09:22 AM
 
Location: Central NJ - Moving to Harrisburg NC in April 08
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Many threads have been written to address the amount of crime in bad areas. Why do we tolerate bad areas in a city? Basically crimes are committed by people who have lost (or never had) their sense of values. Very few people steal to feed their families, I think.

Question: Does Charlotte have a long term plan in place to deter all the 'would be criminals' who are now youth who will eventually become potential future criminals. I think if you have a home, a job and a sense of worth you are less inclined to take something belonging to someone else.

But instead of avoiding certain areas where certain citizens commit crimes what can we (I) do to lessen their desire/need/urge to do so?
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Old 10-30-2007, 09:33 AM
 
Location: The 12th State
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I think this segment one of the Defend Charlotte series explains the obstacles it deals with tackling this issue Defend Charlotte: Charlotte Held Hostage (http://www.defendcharlotte.com/crime.htm - broken link)
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Old 10-30-2007, 09:35 AM
 
Location: Union County, NC
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Eliminating crime? First of all, that is not going to happen. Crime in metrolitan areas will always be an issue; even long after we die. Crime will happen as long as people are poor, uneducated, possess low skill sets, no role models, and addicted to drugs/alcohol. I think it all starts with what opportunities they are given at an early age. If a kid has a single parent who is a high school dropout that is on welfare and addicted to drugs, what motivation will the young person have? It all starts with family morals and values...
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Old 10-30-2007, 09:53 AM
 
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If a kid has a single parent who is a high school dropout that is on welfare and addicted to drugs, what motivation will the young person have?
I would like to think that all of that is indeed the motivation to live a different life. What is really needed is a network of support systems that the community creates and maintains. Mentorship, guidence, education and support for these kids. I'm not going to dance around the elephant in the room: 70% of black youths are born into broken homes. The latest expose of the Charlotte myspace "gangster" pages were all of kids in Grier Heights and other minority communities. The vast majority of those in our jails are black youth. I'd like to see the leaders of these and ALL communities come together to raise the standards and expectations for the entire city and youth of all colors.
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Old 10-30-2007, 10:52 AM
 
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You'd have to get people to acknowledge that Charlotte has a crime problem first. Good luck with that.
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Old 10-30-2007, 10:59 AM
 
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You'd have to get people to acknowledge that Charlotte has a crime problem first. Good luck with that.
NO ONE here has claimed there is no crime in Charlotte, don't insinuate that we have.

Crime and criminal acts have existed as far back as Cain murdering Abel in the Old Testament - it will always exist in this world.

However, I can appreciate what xrayness is asking - are we doing things to keep it from growing or becoming an even bigger issue? I think there is always room for improvement. But I do like the "Gang of One" program the police department has to help save younger kids from ever getting involved with gangs and crime in the first place.
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Old 10-30-2007, 11:15 AM
 
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NO ONE here has claimed there is no crime in Charlotte, don't insinuate that we have.
Exactly. We have all said on this board that there is crime (just as in all cities) but that a lot of the problem is gang and drug related and domestic in nature (20% of murder is domestic according to the 2006 stats press release from the CMPD).

Random violence is relatively low. Victims know their attacker in most cases.

Property crime is the biggest issue facing the everyday Joe like us on these boards.

So it would be great if instead of being antagonistic, people would engage in discussion and/or offer solutions like all but one of us so far on this thread has.
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Old 10-30-2007, 12:48 PM
 
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Amploud is right.

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regardless how you feel it off topic and not the intention of the original poster stick to the topic the original poster

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Old 10-30-2007, 01:33 PM
 
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Default Youths need dignified options

Alot of crime can obviously be attributed to lack of good options for our youth. Many low skilled jobs are being outsourced outside the US, so other job/employment options need to be created for these youths. They need
some direction in helping them identify and then develop a skill that can get them a good paying job. The city could look at partnering with companies to sponsor programs to train youths coming out of high school that aren't going to college! In fact, we need to do what is done in some European countries - train youths for skilled and unskilled jobs in high school. Everyone does not need to be prepared to attend college. Everyone does not need a college education and we need to dignify those professions which do not need this type of training. We need to give youths from low socio-economic groups realistic options other than criminal activity.


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Old 10-30-2007, 01:48 PM
 
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Alot of crime can obviously be attributed to lack of good options for our youth. Many low skilled jobs are being outsourced outside the US, so other job/employment options need to be created for these youths. They need
some direction in helping them identify and then develop a skill that can get them a good paying job. The city could look at partnering with companies to sponsor programs to train youths coming out of high school that aren't going to college! In fact, we need to do what is done in some European countries - train youths for skilled and unskilled jobs in high school. Everyone does not need to be prepared to attend college. Everyone does not need a college education and we need to dignify those professions which do not need this type of training. We need to give youths from low socio-economic groups realistic options other than criminal activity.


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It all starts at home Barb - we cannot legislate good parenting I'm afraid. Too bad every parent does not understand that a good education (college or technical) is the key out of hopeless environments.

Fortunately some of our high schools are now offering programs like you suggest. For kids not going to college there are programs like the medical curriculum being offered at Garinger High School for jobs as medical assistants, nursing assistants, lab techs, the kind of jobs that don't require a 4 year degree.
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