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Old 08-25-2008, 05:51 PM
 
Location: SW NH
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A relative in Rutland had their home robbed a couple of weeks ago. Even though neighbors were at home no one noticed. The homes are close together.
They had come home to get the one of their dogs from the back yard and didn't go in the house. They figure the person was in the house at the time they stopped by.
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Old 08-25-2008, 07:07 PM
 
Location: hinesburg, vt
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Being retired from law enforcement (another state) I have to tell folks that the talk of adding more police may sound comforting to some, but the reality is that it's not the quantity of arrests, but rather the quality of prosecution and then ultimately the decisions of judges. For the last three years following the way the justice system operates in Vermont all I can say is that folks do need to take better measures by being aware and protecting themselves, because even if we increased law enforcement assets by double their efforts will be useless as long as the prosecutorial and judiciary continues to operate in their view of the world. Just my two cents, but I know the system and know what deters thugs, and in Vt we lack deterence at all tiers.
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Old 08-25-2008, 09:10 PM
 
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It probably would not be incorrect to say much of the violent crime is the result of folks who did not grow up in Vermont, but recently arrived.
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Old 08-26-2008, 03:28 AM
 
Location: hinesburg, vt
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It probably would not be incorrect to say much of the violent crime is the result of folks who did not grow up in Vermont, but recently arrived.
Well, yes that's correct. Virtually all of the doper/banger element who make the news with their exploits hail from NY and Mass, or at least gravitate from their base of operations there. The few local violent crimes which appear are unfortunately just woven into the fabric of society. Domestic violence and other disputes between known parties is impossible to stop . Granted, the overt imported violence by thugs is in Vt sporatic, but nonetheless disturbing in it's frequency and scope. What needs to be a wakeup call is that this criminal element is establishing itself here now, meaning it's no longer the simple day or overnight trip up here. Law enforcement agencies collectively due a good job developing in identifying those people and locations here in Vermont which condone and harbor out of stste thugs, but it's all for naught when the courts literally dissolve those efforts. The bottom line is that Vt is still remarkably safe, but this level of safety will chip away if we don't send a strong message backed up by determined and strong action.
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Old 08-26-2008, 05:50 AM
 
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Don't forget that it's not only the job of the police. If people see something unusual or suspicious, they need to report it and not just look in the other direction.
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