Not surprisingly, our economic woes have spurred a rising crime wave across America. Today, CNN.com posted a story about the rise of neighborhood watch organizations due to this trend (http://tinyurl.com/c5yb4r).
We’re experiencing this in Atlanta in a big way. The recent shooting of a popular in-town neighborhood bartender sparked the establishment of a growing group called Atlantans Together Against Crime (http://atlantanstogether.org). ATAC is extremely organized and has mounted an effective grass roots campaign by scheduling rallies, gathering online support, etc. The media is all over it here.
What does this mean for you?
Be careful out there. Don’t let your guard down. Even if you’re unemployed and have dwindling funds in your bank account, a potential thief doesn’t know that and could still target you.
Also, report any iffy behavior or sightings. I saw a guy walking out of my building gate with a TV a couple of weeks ago. He didn’t live there (I recognized him as a regular neighborhood lurker), and I don’t know if he stole it or picked it up from someone’s pile at the dumpster. It kills me to have to be cynical and suspicious, but we’re in tough times.The point: who knows if he stole it or not. But, it sure did look shady.
Take care of yourselves out there!
XOXO (borrowing gratuitously AGAIN from “Gossip Girl”),
Miss Pink Slip