40. City and Crime

Crime in the city of Clio hit a -year low last year. "This is absolutely wonderful for citizens, our businesses, and our visitors," said Police Louis Gates. Clio has a population of 28,000, it has at least 30 gangs. The gangs most of their money from dealing drugs and “protection.” They also commit violent crimes, such as , battery, and rape.
There were 1,486 thefts last . Most of the thefts involved cars. Thieves also the people at gunpoint or pickpocketed them. They into houses and businesses at the alarming rate two a day two years ago, but that was down to only one a day last . "That's a 50-percent decrease in one year," beamed . "I think the officers deserve a big pat the back. Even better, maybe they’ll get that -percent raise that they are all hoping for next year."
Citing an example of how the police has helped reduce crime, Gates talked about bicycle . "For years and years, kids were locking up bikes at bike stands in front of schools, , and malls. About 10 percent of the time, kids would come out of the school or and discover that their bike was no longer . Someone had cut the lock and stolen their . We wracked our brains trying to find a to this problem. Finally, at the beginning of year, we hit upon it. We simply removed of the bike stands. Then the bicycle theft came down quickly.”
Most cities in the state similar problems. They all involve too many people, much crime, too few police, and too little . These problems are part and parcel of civilization . They might diminish, but they will probably never . All people can do is hope for the and prepare for the worst.