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Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Derry Township, Hotbed of Crime?

I just came across an article on PennLive that shocked me - if the reporting is accurate. Derry Township, that bastion on upper-middle class suburbia, has an astonishing crime rate. The article states:

"Derry Township has a population of 21,754. Of that number, 2,604 people were victims of crime in 2005, said Jennifer Storm, executive director of the Victim Witness Assistance Program."

Jennifer, say it ain't so. If my calculations are correct, Jennifer's figures mean 12 % of residents were crime victims in Derry Township. 12 people our of every 100 men, women and children? Or is this fuzzy math? If true, there ought to be a mass exodus for a safer place - like Harrisburg, where about 3,882 persons were crime victims. With a population of 48,659, that means the crime rate per 100 persons in Harrisburg is a mere 6%.




Blogger TattooJim said...

Don't forget about Hershey Park, the Giant Center and all of the concerts etc that occurr in Derry Twp. Averages don't tell the story. Averages are not facts. If averages were facts we'd all be 16 year old chinese boys...

October 17, 2006  
Blogger Anniken Davenport, Esquire said...

I agree, Jim in principle. But Ms. Storm was making the pitch that her social services agency needed a satellite office to deal with crime and using those figures to justify it. If the crime rate (and I'm not convinced she has it right until I see hard statistics backing her up) is based on petty crimes, alcohol and drug busts at concerts, and the like, I don't think her agency will get much business from that.

October 17, 2006  
Blogger GastonStreet said...

If that crime rate is caused by HERCO related enterprises, they should foot the bill for extra social services. Didn't the gambling commission require funding for social services for gambling addiction in order for a gambling licence to be issued? HERCO should have to pay the price too for their entertainment complexes and the cost of the crimes they attract.

October 18, 2006  

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