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Old 01-23-2013, 06:31 PM
 
Location: Houston, Tx
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Tell that to the people who act like Houston is Beirut.
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Old 01-23-2013, 06:31 PM
 
Location: 77380
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Bull****, it's not any more random then any other major city in America. Houston is not some lawless city where you have to watch over you're back 24/7. Houston is safer then alot of big cities or metropolitan areas in the United States. And I grew up down the street from crackhouses, hookers,drug dealers,gang bangers you name it I witnessed it. I've seen a man die at the age of 13. Houston in it's "random" areas are as safe as a mouse kitten. You're more likely to get killed by a idiot driver then you are in getting stuck up/held up or shot at.

If you're not in certain parts of South West(where it can become dangerous) Acre's Home,5th Ward, certain parts of Southside or apartment complexes and surrounding areas in Greenspoint then crime will not affect you on a dramatic scale.

I swear man how soft are you people? You're telling me that it's high crime activity in the burbs of Houston metropolitan area? In the inner loop areas like Heights/Rice Village/TMC/Downtown/Midtown/Uptown??

I'll take you to some real areas of crime and you'll be screaming to come back to the safe areas of Kirby or wherever you reside at? Just let me know I give good Houston hood tours. LOL
Wow, you sure are tough - guess I should be impressed. Wait, let me check - nope.

As I mentioned above, Houston strikes me as a very dangerous place growing more so by the month.
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Old 01-23-2013, 06:33 PM
 
Location: 77380
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And it's funny most people I know from those cities moved to Houston to get away from the crime and will tell you straight up it's crime in Houston but not on the level of those cities mentioned. Nowhere near it.
Didn't come here by choice, but definitely choosing not to stay!
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Old 01-23-2013, 06:36 PM
 
Location: 77380
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Crime is random here because unlike other cities we are far less segregated, less densely populated, more spread out, and almost exclusively dependent on the car for travel. This allows for crime patterns to appear more amorphous, thus the theory that crime more randomly occurs citywide here, than in other cities. Most cities have that one "bad part of town". Here, we have pockets scattered across the city. Five minutes from any hood in this town by car and you have a high probability of being in an affluent area.

The example to give is to take any of those cities you cited, plug their crime data into a mapping program and you'll see tighter concentrations of where crime occurs. Here, you will see the same concentrations, just not as tight, and with lots of "floater" crimes in those above mentioned affluent areas where in any other city, you would not expect to find crime.

The only true exception in Houston would be the area inside the southwest quadrant of the 610 loop. There, and along the Memorial drive corridor are the only places you see a true "low crime rate".

I might have spent five minutes in the hood too. We should trade notes sometime.
This is true in South Florida as well and crime is similar in pattern. I got used to it after a while, and got to know the bad bits (they do exist) here & there. But for a single metropolitan area the size of Houston, the level and frequency of violent crimes and sheer WTF stuff like being shot while changing a tire is off the chart. More like New Orleans!
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Old 01-23-2013, 06:43 PM
 
Location: Katy, Texas
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This is true in South Florida as well and crime is similar in pattern. I got used to it after a while, and got to know the bad bits (they do exist) here & there. But for a single metropolitan area the size of Houston, the level and frequency of violent crimes and sheer WTF stuff like being shot while changing a tire is off the chart. More like New Orleans!
Houston has the 5th biggest MSA with 6 million people versus New Orleans' MSA which is only ranked 46th, with 1.1 million.

If anything, Houston should seem to be a more dangerous region than New Orleans - at least by the news media's coverage of crime in each respected region. I.e.: There should be far more occurrences of crime to report on the news here, than New Orleans. Because the two seem even in crime report news coverage, you could speculate that New Orleans is the far more dangerous option, as the crime reporting is equal, even though they only carry one-sixth the population.
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Old 01-23-2013, 06:47 PM
 
Location: Houston, Tx
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If you people are scared of Houston now, you would have been scared sh*tlist back in the late 80's early 90's when we had a real crime problem(city under siege anyone) or even in 1981 when we were the murder capital of the U.S with 701 murders.
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Old 01-23-2013, 06:51 PM
 
Location: The Greater Houston Metro Area
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Atlanta surprised me.

Everyone's perception of crime in Houston depends on what part of town they reside. Remember when we had a poster come on that complained that his area of town was depressing - but he moved to a bad area of town??? I guess he was blindfolded when he rented that apartment.
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Old 01-23-2013, 06:52 PM
 
Location: 77380
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Houston has the 5th biggest MSA with 6 million people versus New Orleans' MSA which is only ranked 46th, with 1.1 million.

If anything, Houston should seem to be a more dangerous region than New Orleans - at least by the news media's coverage of crime in each respected region. I.e.: There should be far more occurrences of crime to report on the news here, than New Orleans. Because the two seem even in crime report news coverage, you could speculate that New Orleans is the far more dangerous option, as the crime reporting is equal, even though they only carry one-sixth the population.
True, but what's noticeable to me (admittedly I'm a newcomer) is the rapid rise in crime in this area. I think your local news coverage is incredibly light on reportage/investigative journalism and pushing the police to be more accountable and proactive. And I come from the city of 943 murders in one year - Chicago in 1992 - and a long history of police corruption. People should not just accept this, shrug it off and say 'oh well it doesn't happen to me so why worry?'. I'm not here by choice but from what I see and the way things are handled, it is way too laid back and gives me no confidence in the way things might be 5-10 years from now.
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Old 01-23-2013, 06:53 PM
 
Location: 77380
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Atlanta surprised me.

Everyone's perception of crime in Houston depends on what part of town they reside. Remember when we had a poster come on that complained that his area of town was depressing - but he moved to a bad area of town??? I guess he was blindfolded when he rented that apartment.
Atlanta surprised me too. Maybe the standard of measure? A couple of the cities on the list made me wonder...
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Old 01-23-2013, 06:55 PM
 
Location: 77380
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If you people are scared of Houston now, you would have been scared sh*tlist back in the late 80's early 90's when we had a real crime problem(city under siege anyone) or even in 1981 when we were the murder capital of the U.S with 701 murders.
Grew up in Beirut on the Lake aka Chicago, 1980s-1990s. Beat you guys in 1992 with 943 murders in one year. Sorry, I don't scare too easy.
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