case you’re just visiting my blog for the first time, I will reiterate what
this entire blog is focused around, the current, and rising murder rate in
Philadelphia. As said in my previous post, this is a serious epidemic for any
Philadelphia citizen, and everyone should be aware of the danger that people
everywhere are faced with from most of the useless violence that surrounds
Now since my last blog entry I have
done some more research in my local area about one of the major safety
precautions that each block, in each neighborhood, in each part of the city
should have; a neighborhood watch. Through my research, and investigation I
have found out that my personal area does have a neighborhood watch. But
honestly, what is the point of having a neighborhood watch, if they will not do
much to keep the neighborhood safe. For example, after talking with my teacher
Ms. Dunn, and her telling me that not only does her area have a neighborhood
watch, but also they are almost always on duty, and they are well known in the
area, I realized that I didn’t even know if my area had a neighborhood watch.
That in itself obviously shows a lack of work being done when most people in
the neighborhood doesn’t even know their neighborhood watch exists. Even when
going to my mother, she didn’t know that we had a neighborhood watch. I had to
go about 4 doors down from my house before one person even said that we do.
With this realization that my own
block doesn’t have an active neighborhood watch, but doesn’t have that much
violence, it led me to guess that some of the areas in Philadelphia that are
much more violent most likely do not have any kind of neighborhood watch, and I
think that could make a major difference if these areas were to get one. I
personally believe that a certain area is not bad, it is those few people in
that area that are bad, that cause an entire area to be stereotyped as a “bad”
neighborhood. With a neighborhood watch, these areas would have more of a grip
on those people that give that area a bad name, and in turn could eventually
change the reputation of that area.
I truly believe that Philadelphia
is not a completely violent city. Even though it has had an increasingly high
murder rate, Philadelphia as a whole population is not to blame. It is that of
the individuals who cause the violence’s fault. These individuals are the ones who
give Philadelphia this reputation, and the number of these individuals could be
lowered if neighborhood watch existed in EVERY neighborhood.
Although I have learned a lot, there
are a few things I am still left wondering about when it comes to the
Philadelphia violence. I am still wondering where exactly in Philadelphia are they’re
the most homicides. I am also wondering what exactly the Mayor has been trying
to do to stop, or try and drop the homicide rate in Philadelphia.
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