Post # 1
I live in a regional area, and the crime rate is insane. Every day there are reports of assaults, stolen cars etc. A workmate told me that her neighbour woke up to hear someone in his carport, and he looked out the window to see a guy looking in the windows of his cars. There were 2 guys standing watch on the street. He called the police and watched where they were going from his house. They went to all the neighbour’s houses, to my colleague’s house and opened her big wrought iron gates and looked through their cars. They ended up stealing a car that belonged to a family that have 4 kids. It makes me soooo angry. People work hard for what they have, then these scumbags come along and take what they want. They did burn outs in the stolen car and wrote it off. We’ve been robbed in the past, and my Dad has had his truck and machinery stolen from a secure yard. It was found 400km away, minus an $80K machine.
This town used to be nice! It used to be safe! SO was king hit 5 minutes from home almost a year ago – for no reason. He wasn’t robbed. There are actually people who do that for ‘fun’, there was a few other cases around the same time. SO once saw this guy running around the back yard with tools to break in, and a few days later the same guy was involved in a serious assault/glassing.
When my Nanna was still living in her house, she walked into her kitchen to find a guy trying to open her cash box. Thank God he wasn’t violent, he was a heroin addict well known to police who left when she told him to.
It seems we’re being overrun by thugs, who then get a slap on the wrist. Most seem to be underage who know they’re untouchable. Assaults happen in broad daylight in the main street. It terrifies me to think how much worse it will get.
I guess I’m just wondering – is this becoming usual where you live? Is the crime rate getting worse? Or are they just more reported? Do you think that the introduction of harder drugs and ‘legal highs’ has something to answer for in relation to the crime rate? (There have been quite a few reported deaths from the legal stuff – people tripping out and jumping off balconies/having heart failure)
Post # 3
No, its not the norm where we live. Ironically some of the neighborhoods around here with the best reputations and prettiest houses have similar crime waves. Like joggers are assaulted “just for fun”
We intentionally moved to a really quiet, safe/low crime neighborhood. The biggest crime is things like DUIs and some shoplifting.
If I may ask, why do you live in that area? Have you considered moving somewhere safer?
Post # 4
@Deejayelle: crime is almost nonexistent here. We live in very rural country and people sleep with their doors unlocked.
Post # 5
Wow it is shocking to hear all that is happening in Australia- I thought there was no place quite as dangerous as the good ol’ USA. We just relocated from a tiny rural town (very little crime) to a major city and I am so terrified for our safety!
“Random” stuff is the most frightening- I’m so sorry your SO had that experience and that is exactly what I am worried about. I flat-out told my Fiance that he is not allowed to walk ANYWHERE at night or flash his phone around in public, and if he sees a group of rowdy people to turn and go the other way. So sad that our new city has so many awesome restaurants etc. but at the moment I am too anxious about getting out there to enjoy it all.
Big city Bees- How on earth do you do it? Is all the stress worth it?
Post # 6
@kestane: SO is no longer allowed to walk anywhere at night either! The assault was awful, but it was also a wake up call – he used to walk home at night all the time.
It would be scary moving to a new city! Maybe you could ask colleagues or friends in the area where the ‘no go zones’ are. Or just catch a cab everywhere.
I went to the US a few years back, spent all night walking around Vegas and felt very safe. I couldn’t do that here. We went to quite a few places on our tour – Memphis was great and the locals stopped us on the street to ask where we were from, and would say ‘God bless you’. We felt so welcome and safe.
I went to Hong Kong last year and felt really safe, especially walking around at night. Everyone is so absorbed in their own thing, but I didn’t get any feelings of unease from anyone. I just felt safe and free.
Post # 7
@kerensa: I’ve lived here my whole life, most of my family is here. It is a nice town, but the robberies and assaults are happening everywhere. SO and I are looking to move out of his tiny unit into a house, but I am going to be fussy – security screens, garage with internal access. Don’t mind paying a little more to be in a better area. There are some major no-go zones here.
Post # 8
If I check neighborhoodscout.com for Long Beach CA, the “Crime rate” is a 22 (100 being the safest). I actually think it’s worse than that.
A few days ago, in the middle of the day, someone blew threw a red light (they were high on something, I forget) and caused a huge 3-car accident and killed someone. The guy tried getting away but he was caught.
A couple of weeks ago, a homeless man set someone (who was sitting in their car) ON FIRE at a 7/11.
And then a month before that, some young kid set an old man (who was waiting outside a grocery store for his family) ON FIRE as well.
Not to mention every day there are “gang related” shootings in the bad parts of downtown.
Even though we live in a “safer” part of the city, I don’t go out after the sun sets. I f’cking hate it here, in California, in general. Everything here is terrible.
Post # 9
@Deejayelle: I spend half my time in Ontario where I live in a suburb outside of Toronto, and there is little to no crime. Toronto is a major city and definitely has its pockets where shit happens, though I’ve never witnesses any of it. I’m new to Halifax so I’m not sure what the crime is like here. I haven’t noticed anything.
Post # 10
LadyMoriarty That is a fascinating web site. Baltimore rated a 4. I don’t really ever feel unsafe though.
Post # 11
@LadyMoriarty: Long Beach is not representative of the entire state. Cali is the tits!
I’ve lived in 3 major U.S. cities. Crime happens. It’s something that you need to be aware of without letting it take over your life. I carry pepper spray on my keychain, I don’t walk alone at night, I try to keep my phone out of sight in public places (a week ago, I saw a woman’s phone get stolen right out of her hand on the bus). I’m always aware of my surroundings. If I go running, my music is low enough to where I can still hear what’s going on around me, or I’ll only have one earbud in, etc. I’m cautious, even paranoid, but there’s only so much you can do and still live your life, you know?
Post # 12
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
We live in a very safe area. It’s very quiet. All of the neighbors know one another and look out for each other. Violent crime is pretty much unheard of. The last crime that occurred in this area was a few weeks ago when someone had a piece of lawn equipment stolen from their unlocked garage. Using the website posted earlier in this thread, our community and the adjoining community are an 84 and 80, respectively. That said, we do not take it for granted. We still lock our doors and vehicles and take various safety precautions. We both lived in very unsafe areas previously (my old neighborhood was an 11 and his was a 36), and those safety habits have carried over into our current place.
Post # 13
@Deejayelle: Wow, I thought it was bad where I lived. Now I realized that my neighborhood just looks bad (lots of welfare people, crackwhores, some gang activity), and isn’t actually bad at all. I’ve never been robbed before, or seen any suspicious people actually trespassing on my property.
If it’s practical or affordable for you to move, I hope you can do that.
Post # 14
Fiance and I both grew up in the western suburbs of Melbourne, in suburbs with fairly high crime rates. I lived opposite the train station and I think the people next door to us got burgled five times (and they had a dog!). My family only got robbed once, luckily. Fiance had a lot of drug dealers at his high school.
Where we live now is extremely safe, but the train line we live on is one of the more notorious train lines in Melbourne for assaults, disorderly behaviour, etc. I’ve been assaulted on public transport before and while I still catch trains, I’m more wary about it.
Post # 15
@Deejayelle: That stinks, sorry to hear that… I’ve lived in high and low crime areas before. Currently where I live, there’s a lot of white collar crime and corruption, that sort of thing, but not a lot of street-level violent crime.
I’ve lived in some really shady areas but mostly managed to avoid anything serious.
Actually the one time I was ever robbed, it ended up being a security officer in the building where I lived… talk about feeling violated.
Post # 16
- Wedding: June 2013 - Upstate NY
@TattedNYBride: Upstate NY heck yeah!
I live in the “worst” part of my little city, and crime is still minimal. You have some tire slashings, and you definitely need to keep everything locked, but we’ve never had major issues and can leave deliveries for days on our front porch. There have been some bad rapes and assaults but the police are “on it” but haven’t solved one crime yet.