Safety in the City?
Happy Independence Day Weekend to all! I remember ten long years ago using the holiday weekend as the midway point to bar review studies – and the point where you actually have to batten down and study for real.
This past week, there have been a couple of criminal violence incidents in the heart of the city: a double homicide in a new apartment complex in Northern Liberties last Saturday and a knife attack on police officers right by City Hall today. Even with all the violent crimes that take place in the city, these incidents were notable both in location (Northern Liberties and City Hall) and the nature of them (an orchestrated setup of a woman in the new apartment building and an attack on police officers).
From folks who don’t live in or near the city, they may think that these type of incidents are commonplace. Not so, at least not in Center City. It is true that the homicide rate in the city is still way too high, but it is down from the last year. For better or worse, most violent crimes seem to happen outside of Center City. While you still have to be mindful of walking around at night, you do get a sense of safety while living and walking in town. These incidents are certainly aberrations; then again, perhaps we should take them as a wake-up call.
Enjoy the rest of the weekend and stay safe!