Thursday, March 30, 2006

Lawlessness Begets More Crime

You've read on this blog more than once that when a culture of lawlessness is allowed to prevail in Minneapolis (or anywhere for that matter), the ramifications go beyond the immediate area. Criminals know no borders.

So for quite some time, Minneapolis has allowed criminals to run wild with little to fear; there is little inhibition when it comes to comitting crime inside the city. The cops scoop them up, put them in jail, then a liberal judge lets them return to the streets in short order.

KSTP News reports a very good reason why it's not only the citizens of Minneapolis that should be concerned about the culture of crime, so too should the good folks in the surrounding areas: "Crime increases significantly in Hopkins", with Hopkins being a close-lying suburb of Minneapolis.

Crime has increased in Hopkins nearly 90 percent in the past year, mainly due to older teens, arrest records indicate.

Robberies increased from 11 to 21, burglaries from 74 to 143, thefts from 309 to 437 and vandalism increased from 303 to 419.
Wow. Those are Minneapolis-like percentage increases.

The owners of Max’s Liquors say their window was broken just days after vandals threw a brick through their front door.

"I don't know if we just don't have a good enough system in place, or if they just know they won't get caught," says owner Carrie Nelson.
No, Ms. Nelson, there is not a good enough system in place. Your neighbor to the east is a virtual crime factory. Ask the mother/nurse whose eye was shot out. Ask Mr. Zebuhr's survivors. Ask Mr. Dahl's surviving children. Ask the hardware store employee who was savagely beaten while walking at a reasonable hour around one of Minneapolis' "jewels", Lake Harriet. Ask the associate editor of Minneapolis St. Paul magazine who was mugged while getting food at a grocery store in Uptown a couple of days ago.

Ask any of the growing Minneapolis victim pool members, and the answer will be: not enough is being done.

Police and other business owners say the increase is due to people traveling through the city.

"We are a pass through community as well, so the people who are committing the crimes aren't necessarily residents of the area,” says Connie Kurtz of the Hopkins Police.
There you go. "People passing through the area".

Most likely from Minneapolis

Meanwhile, the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis campus, is not immune from the surrounding city's lawlessness: "Thieves drive up numbers of cars stolen near U".

Auto theft has increased throughout Minneapolis and around campus.

Steve Johnson, deputy police chief for the University Police Department, said that although the number of motor vehicle thefts has increased from 2004 to 2005, it’s still a small number compared with other crimes on campus, such as theft, which is the top campus crime.
If it's not nailed down, it's gone.

That's the Minneapolis culture of crime.