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Old 10-07-2010, 01:52 PM
 
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Our business has gotten hit with crime every other week for the last month. Prior to that, it was every month. People can't find jobs. People don't have income.

We can't keep spending money on cameras that are destroyed and fences that are cut. We can't keep spending money to replace assets and pay higher premiums. We can't keep spending time to replace assets and call the insurance company. We can't keep spending time asking the police and city to help us.

Our neighboring businesses are in the same boat. And if we fold, jobs and revenue go with us.
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Old 10-07-2010, 02:08 PM
 
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Likely anecdotal.



Reported property crime has fallen to a 20-year low despite the sour economy, a trend police officials attribute in part to increasingly available technology that helps officers identify patterns of crime in particular neighborhoods. The FBI estimates 9.3 million property crimes were committed in 2009 — 3,036.1 property crimes for every 100,000 people. That's down from a high of 13 million such crimes in 1991 — 5,140.2 property crimes for every 100,000 people. Data for 2010 are not yet available.
source = Technology helps property crime fall to 20-year low - USATODAY.com


Here in Phoenix they've had a huge drop, I think 20% or so.
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Old 10-07-2010, 03:08 PM
 
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Statistically, our business neighborhood is bucking that trend. Our crimes are heavily property related. It would be interesting to see the above report segmented by neighborhood type or by city.
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Old 10-07-2010, 03:40 PM
 
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Likely anecdotal.
More likely sucka. On your end. Popular method to make reported crime go down is various local police refuse to take the report or mis-categorize it. Not speaking anecdotes, speaking known fact.


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Here in Phoenix they've had a huge drop, I think 20% or so.
Aint numbers wonderful?
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Old 10-07-2010, 04:10 PM
 
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Ahh the conspiracy. It's all lies, lies, lies!
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Old 10-07-2010, 04:17 PM
 
Location: Great State of Texas
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Based on the user name..I'm going to assume it's "Austin TX".
Our property crime is down a bit from last year but still high enough that Austin is going to hire about 50 more police to add to the force. We get lots of drug related crime; the youth tend to steal and pawn property to get money rather than rob banks.

We just recently had one incident..15 and 19 year old caught trying to rob a Big Lots store.
The 15 year old died when he pointed a loaded gun at the Police and they shot back.
The 19 year old was chased and later arrested.
They had just robbed storage units and had about 6 loaded guns between them.
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Old 10-07-2010, 05:03 PM
 
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We're in the 78704 zip code. Last year, it had 2,728 thefts. That's 72% of all crime in the 78704 zip code. It's the 2nd highest theft rate of any Austin zip code.

Our neighborhood association is lobbying for more police in our area. Right now, we only see police when requested. They seem to be really understaffed. Meanwhile, the city is spending $3M to determine how to raise Austin Energy rates and thinking of spending $3.4M on a boat house. How many officers could be hired with that kind of money? How else can a city address crime?

Last edited by austin-saca; 10-07-2010 at 05:54 PM.. Reason: Typo
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Old 10-07-2010, 05:47 PM
 
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Our business has gotten hit with crime every other week for the last month. Prior to that, it was every month. People can't find jobs. People don't have income.

We can't keep spending money on cameras that are destroyed and fences that are cut. We can't keep spending money to replace assets and pay higher premiums. We can't keep spending time to replace assets and call the insurance company. We can't keep spending time asking the police and city to help us.

Our neighboring businesses are in the same boat. And if we fold, jobs and revenue go with us.
Our business has increased 25% or more every month compared to last year. Some months are up 60%. I agree with your last statement, if businesses benefit, so does everyone else. Hang in there!
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Old 10-07-2010, 05:58 PM
 
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Thanks for the words of encouragement. We feel like we're under siege.
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Old 10-07-2010, 05:59 PM
 
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Ahh the conspiracy. It's all lies, lies, lies!
More a case of "consensus" rather than conspiracy.

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U.S. 'Murder Capital' a Tricky Figure - ABC News
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