posted on Aug, 21 2009 @ 10:49 PM
Our weekly crime rates are through the roof. All crimes. Murder, sexual assaults, armed robberies, drive-by shootings, you name it. Sometimes it feels
like a war zone. Welcome to small town America.
Legally a 'City,' we have a population of roughly 26 thousand. We've actually LOST around two thousand residents since the census in 2000. Our
population is declining and the crime is increasing.
A couple weeks ago there were FOUR drive-by shootings in one weekend. Recently, a girl was killed and thrown in a dumpster and a man was shot and
killed in front of his apartment. This week there have been half a dozen armed robberies. People being robbed in their own driveways at night and even
on the street in broad daylight.
All of this in a town that has been quiet for many years. If you remember the story 'In Cold Blood,' this is the place the crooks got tried. The
Clutter house is a few miles away.
I've lived here for almost fifteen years and I'm seriously thinking we need to get out. We have a large, well-armed police force with an Armored
Personnel Carrier and assault rifles, but the gangs are using assault rifles too.
Sirens are a constant and gunshots are too.
The cops blame it on the gangs. We have a large meatpacking plant and many of the employees there are recruited in larger cities like Chicago and come
here to work. There are currently about a dozen active gangs here.
I grew up in Dallas, and San Antonio. I'm used to large populations and the nastiness that goes along with them. When I moved here I thought it was
mayberry. Its turned into something far different.
Here is a link to LAST WEEKS crime map.
This was only for a week. It's
getting worse every day and I wish I had a place to go.