Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Crime & Quality Of Life

It's no news that Minneapolis is beset with violent crime (has anyone heard from the mayor yet, by the way?), but the general increase in property crimes sometimes gets lost under the radar.

When a city is allowed to lapse into a culture of lawlessness, and criminals feel comfortable plying their trade, there is a pernicious effect on the quality of life for residents, visitors, and workers.

Frequent and insightful Rambix contributor Margaret Martin, who along with Taxpayers League of Minnesota President David Strom run Our House blog, writes about their experience with a garage break-in in Minneapolis.

Most people would consider this crime low on the scale, but let's consider that for a moment. Do we feel that way because it's so common? Do we feel that way beause it doesn't threaten us personally?

It's a quality of life crime. It's a crime we should not accept, no matter how minor. Margaret describes various methods they'll have to take to defend their own home. Their peace of mind has been assailed. Their freedom has been attacked.

And if you think it only affects Ms. Martin and Mr. Strom, you're wrong. Their insurance company paid for the damages, but that pool of money is fed by all he rest of us, and that's why rates keep going up.

This is the pernicious effect of crime.

It should be obvious to anyone but liberals that crime needs to be supressed from the bottom up. This is the "broken windows" theory that Mayor Giuliani used to clean up New York City. You can't allow small crimes to flourish, because bigger crimes follow. The theory was proven with spectacular results.

Minneapolis crime affects everyone in the metro area. It affects everyone in the state, because "out-staters" often visit the city for one reason or another. It affects anyone else who visits or does business in Minneapolis. Recent Uptown murder victim Michael Zebuhr was from Pennsylvania; he didn't leave the state alive.

So are we going to tolerate the Minneapolis culture of crime?