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Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Neighborhood Crime Stats, Online

Would you like to know exactly where crime is taking place, and what type? On a regular basis? Maybe even online? Oh, while we're at it, how about the complete crime statistics reported to the FBI by neighborhood, in pdf format online? Sounds like a pipe dream, doesn't it?

Well, one city is doing just that, in response to public demands that something be done about crime.

No, the city is not Harrisburg. It's Savannah. It seems the police chief there listened to city residents, who asked him for accurate information. To quote the Chief, "It's another service we're trying to provide to the public to make sure they are aware of what's going on in their community."

And it is part of their effort (successful so far) to cut the crime rate dramatically.

"The idea is to give residents more information so they can work with officers to reach the department's goal of reducing crime by 15 percent this year, police spokesman Sgt. Mike Wilson said."

How about it, Mayor Reed. Trust the citizens to help you make Harrisburg a better place, instead of hiding the facts from us. Why should we have to resort to asking to see the police blotter?

http://new.savannahnow.com/node/100056

12 Comments:

Blogger TattooJim said...

Anniken..you should probably be getting a check from the Savannah tourism board real soon.....question tho...what started the whole savannah model? What was the big bang that got the process moving forward?

June 21, 2006  
Blogger Anniken Davenport, Esquire said...

A young white debutante was killed in a botched robbery on New Year's Eve 1995 - that got the police changes going. There were multiple community meetings, a new chief appointed and action followed - including more cops on the beat.

As far as the rest, Savannah got a big tourism boost from a book ten years ago - Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil - and also an arts college moved into town, with a wide range of degrees, including MFA and MA in historic preservation, animation, film-making, etc. When the graduates started leaving, the city sought out ways to keep them (remember, the students came for the program - and the city wanted them to stay) Then they started an aggressive Main Street redevelopment program, including lofts over stores, rather than just bars and restaurants. I've been going to Savannah every year for 7 years, and the rapid changes are amazing.

June 21, 2006  
Blogger Aries708 said...

Nice, so why did I buy a stinkin' home here in Hellburg again? Okay, so it is not THAT bad here.

In any event, nice to see the residents of Savannah getting a good bang for their tax bucks...

June 21, 2006  
Blogger Anniken Davenport, Esquire said...

Actually, I'm planning a relocation within the next three years or so.

June 21, 2006  
Blogger TattooJim said...

Lets form a convoy...I can tattoo anywhere there's peeps...

June 21, 2006  
Blogger Anniken Davenport, Esquire said...

And if I remember correctly, one cannot tattoo in South Carolina, so lots of folks come over the Savannah River into the city to get tattoos. And believe me, the place is crawling with peeps. All of them very funky artsy types.

June 22, 2006  
Blogger TattooJim said...

I believe that law was challenged and overturned on a restriction of fair trade arguement....

June 22, 2006  
Blogger Anniken Davenport, Esquire said...

Are you sure? I know there was a case that went to the Supreme Court a few years ago - I'll have to check . ..

June 22, 2006  
Blogger TattooJim said...

Well..despite how far savannah has come our Mayor is in the running for the "World Mayor" per Patriot news this morning...please find the email I sent to the World Mayor below...

Dear Editor,
To nominate Mayor Stephen Reed for this award is, well, troubling. Our city is near bankruptcy, crime is spiraling out of control, drunks abound, poverty widens, and open air drug markets are well known while being under policed. Our school system is producing 7th graders that can't read while we spend a million bucks on Astroturf for football. Millions have been spent by the Mayor on his "pet" projects while streets go unplowed in the winter. The tax burden rate that we enjoy here in Harrisburg is greater than the rate that caused the original Boston Tea Party.....If this is the best the world has to offer...lets all drink the cool-aid now....

June 24, 2006  
Blogger Aries708 said...

Ah, the Kool-Aid...grape flavor... I just read that story while eating breakfast at Roxy's. Too funny.

I am no Mayor-fanatic, but to be fair, the city has come a long way since I moved here nearly a decade ago.

I think Reed could be a better Mayor if he had a city council that was well...more robust in reining him in. Nothing like a fully realized process. Case in point: these wildy outrageous musuem expenditures** and ideas. The last City Council merely squeaked on the matter. They were too busy with internecine wrangling.

Better schools and more cops on the street are better avenues for tax revenue.

**I know, the mayor claims that the wild west stuff was not paid for by tax dollars...whatever...

June 24, 2006  
Blogger TattooJim said...

Well Aries..the truth is that the monies spent on trinkets (4.3 million dollars) was generated by every parking meter and every city owned parking garage in the city. It does NOT go to the general fund. It gets passed on from the parking authority to the Mayors special project fund....while our city suffers...did he do some good stuff? Yup...does a lack of term limits dull the connection with the city and cause the Mayor to drift off into his own priorities? Yup again....

June 24, 2006  
Blogger Anniken Davenport, Esquire said...

Reed exemplifies what happens when there is no real political opposition to keep the incumbet's ego in check. Sadly, Reed's ego has overtaken his good sense. No one person has all the bright ideas. You need at least a handful of people with vision.

Sadly, Reed probably sees the grunbling we do as a sign we are ungrateful children.

June 25, 2006  

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