Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Little Rock: It's dangerous out there, but who's counting?

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click to enlarge SUBTLE DIG?: A website highlighting the high crime rate in Little Rock chose to illustrate the story with a skyline shot including a moving van. With LR in rearview mirror, presumably. - STEPHEN CONN/FLICKR
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  • SUBTLE DIG?: A website highlighting the high crime rate in Little Rock chose to illustrate the story with a skyline shot including a moving van. With LR in rearview mirror, presumably.

Here's yet another website recognizing Little Rock as dangerous placemost dangerous city in the U.S. by this account, in fact.

Polls, schmolls. And I think this is may be a reworking of an old ranking by Business Insider. But hey. Nobody even bothered to challenge Strong Mayor Mark Stodola for re-election this year. So everybody must be perfectly happy with the direction the city is going. (Or else they're all getting the hell out of dodge as fast as they can.) The account from a website called Citiesjournal was ouch-worthy:

If you aren’t familiar with this part of the country you may think that Little Rock sounds like a nice, quaint little city in the south, but with an increase in violent crimes over the past few years it would appear that Little Rock is anything but that.

Recent reports analyzed by Business Insider indicate that there were an average of 23 murders per 100,000 people in the city. Their data shows that this was only part of a disturbing trend which had the city seeing a record number of homicides in 2011.

Business Insider also reports that things got so bad in Little Rock that at one point the city saw a whopping 8 homicides within a short 30 day period. This news left many including Reverend Benny Johnson, who founded Stop the Violence, to comment that the city was “going down in shambles” to local news affiliates, reported Business Insider.

Another reason to avoid a move to this area has to do in great deal the overall high crime rate within city limits. Neighborhood Scout shows that the city has seen a frightening number of robberies with numbers at an astounding 412 robberies per 100,000 people.

With numbers like these, it is easy to see why any local citizen of Little Rock would be concerned for their general safety on a day to day basis. Neighborhood Scout also shows a high number of violent sexual crimes here with a staggering 70 forcible rapes per 100,000 people.

With a total crime rate of 96 per 1,000 residents, Little Rock is definitely one of the least safe cities in the US today.

Crime rates are so high that the average citizen's chances of being involved in some form of crime are 1 in 10. For this Little Rock has been given the lowest safety rating possible by Neighborhood Scout at a 1, where 100 is the highest rating possible.

Now if we could just shut down those after-hours clubs at 2 a.m., everything would be fine.

What's that you say? None of the homicides occurred at the clubs? 

Furthermore, with police radios silenced, nobody need know about any of the crime in the future. Except the victims, of course.

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