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crime where you live


Last Edited: August 12, 2007, 8:39 am

a couple weeks back a guard working security got shot and paralyzed around the corner from where i work.the business was having trouble with people stealing copper.

a few nights back my dad who lives a few blocks from me chased a guy who broke into an old lady house and him and another guy turned the man into police.

my van had air trouble i went to a garage at the end of the block.a family owned one.later that night on the news the man i saw that day and his brother are wanted on warrants.i did not turn them in.

last night about 4:45am  i was sitting at work when i heard a loud boom.a few minutes later my supervisor drove up and told me a black dude a couple doors down was gunned down in a drive by.


i think i'm going to be finding a new city in which to live and raise my kids this is completely ridiculous.

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Comment by pacattack05 - August 12, 2007, 9:32 am
I think that's good idea Mike. Get the hell out of dodge.
emilygComment by emilyg - August 12, 2007, 1:27 pm
Good idea Mike.
stavrosComment by stavros - August 12, 2007, 1:31 pm
Mike...you know raising kids in a city is difficult, no matter which city you live in. Perhaps a suburban location would be better for you? Still close to the city for when you need it, but out of the "crime zone."
justxploringComment by justxploring - August 12, 2007, 7:38 pm
Sorry you are in this situation, Mike. I hope you find a place to live where you will feel safe. I've been looking for a different place to live and crime is a big factor for me too, and I don't have children to worry about, but I always read the statistics. Where I live is relatively safe (except for the driving) but it's also very expensive and there are few good jobs. It's also hot & humid, but not as hot as places away from the coast.

One suggestion before you sign a lease (if you rent) or buy a home (if you own) is to talk to the locals and read the daily crime reports. I'm not so sure the internet sites are reliable, but they're a place to start. I use Sperlings and City-Data and read the comments.

I realize that close proximity to a job is also important. Once I found a home in the mountains of Montana online for $25,000 and thought about checking it out, but it was far from everything. Then I found a place in Wynot, NE for even less, but I don't think there was a job for 100 miles. This was only a few years ago too. I don't know if I can handle cold weather again, but it seems that the lists of the most affordable places to live are cold and snowy. For your family a good school system is also important, another thing that doesn't affect me. However, where there is a good school system, there is often lower crime.

Oy! First I write it's too hot here and then I write it's too cold there...I sound like Goldilocks! LOL
Good luck, Mike.
spy153Comment by spy153 - August 13, 2007, 9:16 am
you are in tn, right? try eastern tn. The countryside is so much safer. We're pretty friendly here. Knoxville is too busy for me but the outskirts of it are just fine and nothing what you described there. I can think of plenty of spots in TN that are just fine for raising little ones. Get out and take a drive.

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