I don’t think I’m the first to say that when I scan the weekly Sun Gazette, I’ve been noticing a slow increase in “Police Beat” reports. I fear Arlington is changing into a rougher place, and although I’m well aware this is no Compton, I’d like to figure out what exactly’s been happening.
I think “Orange Line” Arlington and Route 7 “Hard working Latinos hanging out at 7-11″ are two different worlds. Orange Line, I’m only threatened by drunken frat boys, drunken douche bags, homeless guys asking for money (I get too generous when drunk, its dangerous to my wallet), and by Arlington Cops. Drive two miles south and its a different story-
I honestly feel safer down south…. so I feel like we are still okay
It might be the case of the Arlington police publicly reporting more crime, which I would applaud. Although there seems to be a fair amount of “small” personal property and nuisance crime I have been seeing more and more guns drawn by the local police and emergency situations than I remember in the past. On Sunday, for the 2nd time in a year, I saw a full on raid of a house with multiple cars and assault weapons. This did not look like a planned raid (no staging of assets or crowd control) which is when bad things normally happen to either the police or the public. The other type of crime that seems to be increasing is sexual assaults, again I don’t know if it’s just increased public disclosure, but it is a disturbing trend. As to the North-South divide, I agree things seem to be quieter on the south side of Rt 50 as opposed to Ballston-Rosslyn corridor these days….
Arlington went from 0 murders in 2011 to 4 murders in 2012.
That’s a [division by zero error] increase in murders!
I live by Ballston and walk nearby almost everyday, I can’t recall a day in which I haven’t seen drunks or pothead high schoolers causing trouble. Maybe it’s really just Ballston, but all I know is I want to move to South Arlington now.
As a not-so-rich latino myself, I find it’s poorer people like us who have brought a bit of trouble into this “semi-urban wonderland”. I know Arlington wasn’t always like this, but it seems it’s become a shared place between the wealthy urbanites and poorer immigrant families; not a huge middle class. I can only expect crime to rise as Arlington becomes more urbanized, maybe I’ll move to Fairfax.
Moving to Fairfax or South Arlington is a good idea.
There are hardly any poor people who create trouble and crime in those areas.
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