Normally we have heat waves… but CRIME waves??

Ok Julie, so maybe we’re a bit more Mayberry than New York, but it is just me or have we become a bit less safe this year for the first time in 20+ years?

We’ve already outpaced ourself for the biggest murder year in the last two decades, but lately we seem to be having a crime wave with a lot of bodies in the wake!

September 12 – Two people were shot off OBT, one died.

September 13 – Man shot and killed not far from OBT as he left a store

September 13 – a man in Ocoee was shot (accidentally) and killed while working on his car in his driveway. The bullet came from INSIDE the house of a neighbor across the street. While I realize this is not really a crime (although one could argue firing a gun inside your house is illegal), this is yet another homicide (I think).

Not to mention there was the guy who was tossed in Lake Conway last week, and another murder of a young man in a hotel on Landstreet. Yesterday while driving I heard about another case where they dug up a body in a shallow grave and need the assistance of citizens to ID this victim so that they can go about trying to determine who killed this person (autopsy apparently deemed this a homicide).

I know we’re a city with a lot of growing pains. Traffic… school overcrowding…. a real estate market that’s out of control…. and I guess we now have the crime to round out the picture. But it seems to me that the crime is more than out of control now. And it’s concentrated in a few areas like Pine Hills and OBT.

I know it’s not as easy as throwing more money at this problem. Money is rarely the solution. I think the citizens really have to start getting involved and stop taking this “it’s not my problem” approach. At some point, if we don’t start caring, it will be all of our problems.

1 Comment so far

  1. Terry Howard (unregistered) on September 14th, 2006 @ 12:45 pm

    As my previous posts about Conway Crime confirm, I totally agree. Not sure what section of town you live in, but I live in what used to be a quiet suburb, but now there is no way in hell I would EVER leave any door or window or car or or bike or ANYTHING unlocked. Hell, a couple weeks ago a kid JACKED (not stole, forceibly took posession of) a motorcycle and sped at breakneck speeds up Conway road and ran a police officer over intentionally! This city is going to crap in terms of crime, in a big way. Our local leaders should be talking about this 24/7, telling us what they are going to do, putting more cops on the streets, in cars, on their feet, the whole nine yards. It’s like the elephant in the room no one wants to talk about. With all due respect Orlando, screw a new arena or performing arts center until we get control of the growing violent crime problem. It IS a problem, and it MUST be addressed, NOW!

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