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Anatomy Of Palmdale, Lancaster California Rise In Crime Rate (Antelope Valley)

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Anatomy of Antelope Valley’s Rise in Crime RateDo you check your doors to make sure they are locked at night before you go to sleep because you fear the life of your loved ones? Are you afraid at times to walk alone on a street near your home because you don’t know if it is safe? Do you know if there are any sex offenders within a mile of your home? My answer to all of the above questions is “yes.” I check my doors at night because I feel unsafe and I fear for the life of my 3 month old son and my family. I am afraid to walk on the street near my house because I feel unsafe because there have been several crimes committed on a street a couple of streets down from mine. I also know how many sex offenders there are in a one mile radius from my house because I have check on Meghan’s Law. The total number of sex offenders in a one mile radius is 5. (Meghan’s Law.com) It is scary to know how many sex offenders you have living close by whether it is one or five. Crime is something that affects you, your neighbor and your neighbor’s neighbor. The reason why I write it like that is to show you that it affects everyone. Crime comes with a double edged sword because any way you look at it you are damned. In the AV Press an article was release on the front page titled “An anatomy of Valley murders” on Sunday, March 25, 2007. The article reads as follows “In 2006, Lancaster had 20 homicides, including an unsolved hit-and-run death and the death of a man from a stabbing a year earlier, and Palmdale had 16. Other murders occurred in Rosamond, Llano and Littlerock. The Valley’s record for homicides is 43, set in 2003. In 2005, 29 people were murdered. So far this year, at least 6 people have been murdered in Lake Los Angeles, Lancaster, Palmdale and Tehachapi. Of the 2006 homicides, 28 people were killed by guns, three by stabbing, six by beating and two in unsolved hit-and-runs.” (AV Press, March 07)So what are the city officials, congress man and people in charge doing about our unsafe cities? Are they just good enough to sit back and collect our taxes and not consider the safety of the community? Everything you can think about from an economical stand point is on a rise such as our gas prices, food prices and our taxes. It is time to also raise the amount of police force we have in our city because we pay for it. The city officials are not doing anything positive to reinforce the structure of out police force. In the same article I cited above there was an insertion that reads as follows “Homicides are investigated by detectives from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Homicide Bureau rather than detectives from the local station.” (AV Press, A5, March 07) This is unreal, Antelope Valley can’t even handle there own detective work and have to go out to other cities such as Los Angeles to bring in police force to take on this task of detective work. Is this the trade off...

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