I was inspired to write this posting after reading many comments about the homicide rate here in Fort Wayne. Right now, Fort Wayne has seen 43 homicides this year. Several people have been making comments saying that this city is going downhill and getting worse. I commented on a 21 Alive News article saying this: “In 1997 we had 44 homicides. Our city is not ‘going down’ or ‘getting worse’. Our population has risen thus making more opportunities for crime. Parents who don’t care for their kids and/or have kids when they can’t support them is one cause in my opinion.”
I do honestly agree that children that are not raised properly are the cause of most of the shootings in the city. Children who are not taken care of and not looked after by their parents turn to the streets and start looking up to other people who are not idol material. I believe these certain kids, from an early age, learn that crime is the way to solve problems. Also, people who knowingly have unprotected sex and end up having a child without the ability to care for them does not help the chances of this child having a good upbringing.
The Southeast side of the city is known for it’s crime. And I think it is because of this very reason. The area is not a wealthy portion of the city at all. I would like to provide some sort of idea for a solution, but it would have to take some time for me to think about it. Everyone always says there needs to be more police on that side of town and I somewhat agree and disagree. More police officers on patrol might deter crime a bit, but not much. I think people need to come forward and turn these criminals in for what they have done. There are people out there that know who caused these homicides. I’m thinking they might be too afraid to come forward and give any information on the incidents. I’m not sure if this is available or not, but the city could provide a reward system for giving substantial evidence on a case. The person would have to remain anonymous to the public, however, for their sake. These people might be in fear of retaliation if they give up any information or evidence they may have on their relatives or neighbors.
Crimes will never stop being committed. Homicides will never stop. There is no permanent solution to the problem. I hate people who say that this city is getting worse, because this city is only getting better and growing more and more every year. I love living in Fort Wayne.