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Old 05-04-2009, 12:41 AM
 
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Though Houston crime falls, candidates raise safety issue | Front page | Chron.com - Houston Chronicle

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In 2008, the number of major crimes committed per 100,000 residents in Houston was lower than any year since 1980, according to Houston Police Department data. In the first three months of this year, violent crimes have declined 8 percent compared to the same period last year.
So is the perception really worse than reality?
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Old 05-04-2009, 11:18 AM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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So is the perception really worse than reality?
That seems to be the way people are these days. The news is FULL of sensationalism. You can't see or read the news without hearing all the terrible crime going on around you. Your children will be kidnapped and butchered by a stranger! Drive-bys and muggings 24/7!

Reading comments on Chron.com you get the feeling that a lot of folks feel like they need to pack heat everywhere they go and step out of their homes blasting ala Joe Horn. People live in fear these days and, to me, it's quite sad.

I liked this line in the article:

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“Politicians use a fear of crime to garner support and get voters’ attention.”
There are some people where it is in their best interest for us to live in fear whether it's to get elected or sell a newspaper. Just keep that in mind.
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Old 05-04-2009, 11:21 AM
 
Location: Fulshear
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That seems to be the way people are these days. The news is FULL of sensationalism. You can't see or read the news without hearing all the terrible crime going on around you. Your children will be kidnapped and butchered by a stranger! Drive-bys and muggings 24/7!

Reading comments on Chron.com you get the feeling that a lot of folks feel like they need to pack heat everywhere they go and step out of their homes blasting ala Joe Horn. People live in fear these days and, to me, it's quite sad.

I liked this line in the article:

There are some people where it is in their best interest for us to live in fear whether it's to get elected or sell a newspaper. Just keep that in mind.
Well said!
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Old 05-04-2009, 11:22 AM
 
Location: Clear Lake Area
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My question is who is going to be the first one to spin the crime rate drop as somehow being related to Katrina evacuees?
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Old 05-04-2009, 11:27 AM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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My question is who is going to be the first one to spin the crime rate drop as somehow being related to Katrina evacuees?
Just read the comments of the article. Someone said Katrina evacuees shooting each other accounts for it. That and the other boogie man -- illegals -- being deterred from coming due to the bad economy. You gotta love the Chron.com comments sections.
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Old 05-04-2009, 11:29 AM
 
Location: from houstoner to bostoner to new yorker to new jerseyite ;)
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Well said!
Agreed. Good post. I don't watch the news anymore. I get my news from the Internet and use common sense when I go out. I find that a little common sense goes a long way.
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Old 05-04-2009, 02:00 PM
 
Location: Southeast Texas
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Funny thing is that crime has been going down steadily since the end of 2006. This isn't a new phenomena.

That said, if the economy continues to stagnate, there may be an uptick in certain types of crime. Hopefully not but it's a possibility.
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Old 05-04-2009, 03:09 PM
 
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The crime RATE is down per 100,000 people. I think people get scared because they have lived in Houston a long time and don't factor in the big increase in population. They hear about more crimes being commited in general, especially in parts of town that historically haven't had very much, and they get freaked out despite the fact the crime rate is down.
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