Fear tactics are used in our media too often. We have the so-called war on drugs. We also have the current war on terrorism. All based on fear and propaganda. That same fear is used to get people angry over the rise in crime. Well, crime has risen during the current great recession, but it is still a lot less than 20 or 30 years ago. Then as now, Seattle had one of the lowest murder rates in the nation.
Of course, one murder is one too many. But, we need to grasp onto reality here. More police and more prisons are not going to solve the problem. We have enough police already. They just need to be used more effectively. Why not have more police walk the streets of Belltown, Pioneer Square, Capitol Hill, etc? All too often when you do see them they are patrolling in their police cars. I have seen all too often two or three police cars, an ambulance, and a fire truck respond to a minor situation. Isn’t this overkill? Yet, they look the other way when drug deals are done in open daylight. There is a disconnect here.
Why are [repeat offenders] allowed back on the streets? Couldn’t they be rehabilitated in a center far away from urban temptations? I know some would say that would be too expensive, but what about the cost of more police? More prisons? What about the loss of property? More importantly, what about the loss of security?
There has to be a better way. More guns, more police, more prisons are not the answer. The U.S. already has the largest population of prisoners in the world. Our criminal justice system, like the military industrial complex, has become big business.