Thursday, December 17, 2009

Recommended Reading

Recommended Reading: Clean Streets: Controlling Crime, Maintaining Order, and Building Community Activism ("New Perspectives in Crime, Deviance, and Law")

One of the aspects of reducing the criminal element in our neighborhoods is  the need to increase community involvement and activism.  We can clean up our neighborhoods by the sheer force of numbers. The "element" does not like to hang out and conduct business under prying eyes.

This book is an excellent tutorial for anyone interested in going the next step. I will post more recommendations for books and pertinent reading material as I come across it.

Friday, December 11, 2009


There was a shooting incident a few nights ago near the 400 block of North Third St. I believe a woman with ties to 430 N. 3rd. suffered a gunshot wound and was transported to the hospital.

This address is well known to have gang/drug dealer types hanging out on the corner literally 24/7. Not even 20 degree weather keeps them from setting up shop to harrass pedestrians, conduct narcotic sales or just add to the general blight of the area.

If the gang bangers in front of this house all day and night intimidating everyone isn't enough to raise an eyebrow, all one has to do is look at the volume of trash and broken glass littering the property to realize immediate attention is needed to curb future violence and decay to the surrounding neigbhorhoods.

Apparently, the fact that a woman suffered a gunshot wound wasn't even enough to curtail the suspected illicit activity at this house. Yesterday, the young businessmen with their baggy gangsta clothes were busily aiding anyone looking to score whatever product the individuals were marketing.