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Old 06-09-2009, 10:08 AM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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We're kind of obsessed with crime and scapegoating here. Numbers are meaningless.
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Old 06-09-2009, 10:12 AM
 
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You can also see how the stats for burglaries, assaults, thefts (not auto) and rape in Houston went down slightly in 2006 from 2005 despite the Katrina influx. Could it have been more media hype than anything?
When watching the news, always remember the first rule of journalism: "if it bleeds, it leads." That should help you put it in perspective.

Houston, for such a large and diverse city, has a relatively low per capita crime rate (a much more accurate indicator of personal safety than overall crimes).
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Old 06-09-2009, 10:16 AM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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You can also see how the stats for burglaries, assaults, thefts (not auto) and rape in Houston went down slightly in 2006 from 2005 despite the Katrina influx. Could it have been more media hype than anything?
Media what? I've never heard the words media and hype paired before. Surely the media wouldn't hype a story just to get more readers or viewers, would they? They have a responsibility to the community, don't they? Say it ain't so, Dave Ward!
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Old 06-09-2009, 11:27 AM
 
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I dont think we have a crime problem in Houston. Be aware of your surroundings, dont go to certain parts of town at night,dont keep valuables in your car and you will be fine. I have never witnessed a crime,been victim of a crime or known anyone who has had anything more than a car broken into or garage thievery. Lived here all my life except college.
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Old 06-09-2009, 11:37 AM
 
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When watching the news, always remember the first rule of journalism: "if it bleeds, it leads." That should help you put it in perspective.
R-A-T-I-N-G-S

Let's see, I came back in January '07 and since then I have seen one guy getting chased down and arrested in Montrose (never heard for what) and have seen the cops come to my apartment complex a couple times to break up some domestic stuff. The worst thing that happened to my car was getting the backglass busted out, and that never made the crime statistics because it's hard to charge a hurricane with a crime. Never been shot at, never been robbed, never had any problems when I go out. And I do get out and around...

Oh, and there are certain laws in Texas that level the playing field quite nicely. In some places, you're not supposed to do anything to anyone breaking into your house. Here you can shoot people in the back who are running away from your neighbor's house. Well, at least if they're illegal immigrants. I think that's where the precedent sits at the moment.
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Old 06-09-2009, 11:53 AM
 
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crime is the only thing stopping gentrification from happening faster in 3rd ward....i hope people stay scared so they don't move in
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Old 06-09-2009, 12:21 PM
 
Location: Houston (Memorial) and Western NC
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I think the economy is causing more crime everywhere. I wouldn't be surprised this winter when people are cold and hungry in MN, if crime increases.
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Old 06-09-2009, 02:18 PM
 
Location: spring tx
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You can also see how the stats for burglaries, assaults, thefts (not auto) and rape in Houston went down slightly in 2006 from 2005 despite the Katrina influx. Could it have been more media hype than anything?

you left out murder went up from 05-06, and went up by about 100 from 04-06 (to a total of 377 or about 33%)

and robberies went up, and wuto theft went up as well.

you can leave out any numbers to make your point look good.
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Old 06-09-2009, 02:22 PM
 
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you left out murder went up from 05-06, and went up by about 100 from 04-06 (to a total of 377 or about 33%)

and robberies went up, and wuto theft went up as well.

you can leave out any numbers to make your point look good.
Right, but it still illustrates that this place wasn't Mayberry before August '05, and that crime did not go up across the board. Murder usually isn't random in nature either. I attribute that mostly to NOLA gangs coming in and having fights among themselves and with local gangs, mostly in the FEMA voucher/Section 8 apartments. And this was more of an isolated phenomenon, like in parts of the SW side.

There was some truth to the post-Katrina crime but it was more like one part truth to three parts hype.
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Old 06-09-2009, 02:40 PM
 
Location: Katy
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The paranoia about crime around here is just insane at times.
I don't know if its bored housewives gossiping or the gun-toting culture around here.
I swear I've seen the exact same forwarded emails about crime "incidents" numerous times over the years.
One bank or gas station gets robbed and it gets talked about for years around here.
The crime is not around here, relatively speaking.
I too have never been robbed, shot at, or even had my car broken into.
It's amazing how many people leave their car doors unlocked, have valuables in clear display and wonder how their car could have gotten broken into.
What? Just because you live in a particular zip code, you think it can't happen to you?

Just know your surroundings and use common sense, people.
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