Crime statistics are notoriously squishy. Without expert analysis, it can be hard to know when there’s a verifiable “crime wave” and when people are just stringing together anecdotes. But one thing is clear: There’s an impression in recent days in the Tower District that crime is on the rise. I received an email from a promoter cautioning folks planning to come to the Live Eclectic music event Friday at Starline Grill:
Just so you know, there has been a string of armed robberies happening in the area around The Starline Grill recently. If you come down, be on the lookout. (sounds real enticing to come down now, huh?) Still hope to see you, but be safe!!
And in what’s become the ultimate signifier these days for societal trends: a Facebook page has popped up titled “Please Help Stop Crime in the Tower District.” It has 166 members. From the page:
Two muggings on 6/22/2010. Please be careful out there!
An appropriate level of caution or unwarranted alarmism? There’s a back-and-forth discussion here.