The Problem of Crime in the City
Like many other young Philadelphia lawyers, I am fortunate enough to live in Center City, where I have resided for over seven years. I walk about ten minutes to work, and then I make the same walk home in the nighttime. Oftentimes, I go out to restaurants and bars in the area before walking home. And I must say (knock on wood), I’ve been fortunate not to fall victim to a crime.
It’s a great city in which we live and work in, particularly the Center City and Rittenhouse neighborhood. Sometimes, though, we forget that we, in fact, do still live in a city, and we need to be wary. Crime isn’t just limited to homicides in North Philadelphia. You can check the local news and see stories of women being assaulted during the early evening hours just off South Street and random attacks in front of college fraternity houses.
I had the opportunity to see District Attorney Lynne Abraham speak the other day, and she noted that people should watch themselves as there are a lot of people out there who could commit random crimes, from muggings to assaults. When passing homeless people looking for change on the street, she noted that we should just say sorry although not in a rude way.
It’s sound advice. We can’t stop all crimes from happening, but we can try to be aware of our surroundings to lessen the chances of falling victim to them.