How You Ride the Crime Wave
During Thursday's Got Plans?, we joked that "Is H Street Safe?" was going to surpass "Do you know of a bar with a mechanical bull?" as most popular chat question of all time.
It's true, safety's been a popular theme during Got Plans? in recent weeks and that's really no surprise. Particularly in the District, crime has been in the headlines almost constantly since the beginning of summer. And now we can even track frightening acts of violence on this totally freaky crime map.
We didn't have time for this question on Thursday, but it raises some interesting points that I wanted to throw out there:
Washington, D.C.: I know you all aren't crime experts, but I'm wondering what your impression is of D.C.'s current problem with muggings, etc. I'm of the opinion that the people getting mugged in Adams Morgan, U Street, etc. are mostly drunk morons stumbling down the street at 3 in the morning on Saturday nights... What do you think?
Can't say I agree with this chatter completely. There have been many acts of violence around town that seem to defy the drunk-stumbling-moron stereotype. (See the sad story of Mesfin Nega for just one example and I'm sure many of you have a friend who has been mugged. I have at least three.)
So this person may have been a little on the cynical side, but there's definitely a grain of truth in what s/he's saying. There's no question that your easy-target status increases right along with your tequila-shot consumption. If you're out stumbling around, you're not paying as much attention to your surroundings as you should be. I'm not saying don't have a good time, but just take a cab on the way home. That's just simple common sense.
But beyond just taking the everyday precautions that acknowledge we live and go out in a big city, I want to know what our readers think about crime in the city. We know you're a bunch that likes to go out on the town; has crime changed the way you go out? Do you take more precautions than you used to? Suburban peeps, have you been sticking closer to home? What do you think we could do to be safer on our Saturday nights?
(And since I know someone is going to ask: I don't know of a mechanical bull in the area. Cancun Cantina, in Hanover, Md., tried to put its bull back into action last summer, but to no avail. Mechanical bulls are considered amusement park rides in Maryland and so they have to be inspected. No inspector in Maryland will touch it. Bar owners -- get one, you'll make yourselves a ton on money.)
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