Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Mailbag: Is My Daughter Safe?

Tracy wrote in to say:
I googled Warrendale and your blog came up. You make the area look nice, but the crime stats say otherwise. My daughter is moving there (evergreen and warren) and I'm worried. Will she be safe in your neighborhood? Any tips you could give would be awesome!
There's no getting around the fact that crime and public safety are issues for all of Detroit and the Warrendale neighborhood is a part of it. It wasn't always this way. However, as the number of police officers have been cut back and attention has shifted towards downtown, things have gone downhill for the neighborhoods in general; with much of it being tied to drugs and the gangs that sell them.

Property crimes in particular are an issue for everyone in the area. When drug users need cash to support their habit, they will steal anything that they can get their hands on. The goal in keeping yourself from becoming a victim in that regard is to simply make sure that you aren't their easiest target. The more effort a criminal has to exert in order to steal from you, the less likely they will be in to do it.

The Los Angeles Police Department has a variety of crime prevention tips on their web site. Many of their recommendations are specific to southern California, with articles on what to do during a rolling black out. However, most of what they recommend will apply anywhere you live or work.

I recommend that everyone read them here. Their tips do much to address Tracy's concerns about her daughter's safety.

As a related side note, I have to say that it's almost sad as a Detroiter to look at the LAPD's web site and then flip over the crime prevention section on the Detroit Police Department's web site. DPD's site mostly consists of telling people what they need to do in order to get a Neighborhood Watch sign.

Those signs are nice. However, I can't help but feel that there is so much that the DPD's leadership could learn from their professional brethren in the City of Angels.

Also, for those issues that undeniably do exist, I would like to invite everyone to get involved with the Warrendale Community Organization. We are working on them and could always use more help.

The WCO's next meeting will on Monday, December 1 at 6 p.m. in the School Building at St. Thomas Aquinas Church. This will also be the group's annual holiday party.

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