Monday, July 11, 2011

Messaging


The crime rate may be down in Laredo as Mayor Salinas noted in his recent "State of the City Address," but that doesn't keep us from hearing about acts of violence perpetrated on our city streets.  Take, for instance, the two "Blood In, Blood Out" rejects pictured above:  they were booked for assaulting somebody with a knife and rocks.  They were just minding their own business at a local Stripes convenience store when something set them off.  Because they had to improvise (use rocks), I'm going to say that they were taken by surprise, and thus, defending themselves.

But then there's the case of the man who used a crowbar in an argument.  And the brouhaha that occurred at Taco Palenque last week.  (I'm not going to go into details about the T.P. incident for fear that it may cost them customers)

With all these reports about thefts and assaults, it makes me wonder if crime is indeed down.  Let's look at some numbers posted on the new police website, http://www.laredopd.com/


Law enforcement officials have been lauded for the decrease in auto thefts, but as you can see by the chart, rape cases, and burglaries have seen an uptick.  And aggravated assaults have remained steady.

I don't mind looking on the bright side of things.  If Judith Zaffirini wants to tout her voting record while public schools are in disarray due to republican policies, who am I to say anything?  And if Mayor Salinas wants to earnestly present crime figures that make him look good, then so be it.

The last thing I want to do is to instill fear in people.  I think Laredo is a safe place to live in.  I never feel like I have to be looking over my shoulder constantly when I'm out and about.  But with so many stories of assault, and robberies, I stop to think why I never witness any of this firsthand.  I'm better off, sure, not being witness to what Laredo's ne'erdowells have to offer, but how can I call myself 'Laredo's Most Imposing Blogger' if I'm constantly kept out of the loop, so to speak.

Be safe out there.  And oh yeah, stop it with the tattoos.


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