So far for just 2008, there have been 59 homicides in DeKalb County, Georgia. Lots of folk seeing lots of dead people there. Some national headline that’s gonna make! Stuff like, “Candidate for U.S. Senate is leader of Georgia county where crime is out of control.” Heck, toss in a stat or two about STD rates in DeKalb County alone and you’ve got yourself some great ad copy/voiceover potential there. Right… Josh, Jim, Rand, and Dale? Make media hay while the stats are in your favor. Folks love to get scared to the polls.
From the Dunwoody North Civic Association blog:
The Citizens for Dunwoody police task force has been exploring the police needs of the future city and they were able to piece together Dunwoody’s crime statistics for the last six years that show that serious crime has almost doubled in that time period. I’m sure it was no easy task in getting this information since the DeKalb County Police Department website has no county wide statistics, no drill down tool to see what happens in your neighborhood; no crime information at all? Is it purposely done this way to keep the citizens of DeKalb feeling sheltered up to the day that crime finally happens to them?
In 2007, DeKalb County set a new homicide record of 99 murders yet with it being less than half way through 2008, the DeKalb Officers site reports that the County is again on a record pace with already 59 homicides so far this year. That statistic isn’t publicized anywhere officially because if it were someone might ask…
Vernon Jones & Terrell Bolton, what are you doing about this situation?
People are dying to know.
Full blog post here.