July 18th, 2009 07:57 PM
Why not to visit Baltimore.
Baltimore tourists and residents have been the victims of random, unprovoked assaults in the downtown waterfront area this spring. Roving gangs of young people have been reported in the Inner Harbor district -male and females known to carry knives and are eager to become violent with no apparent motive. The teens attack without provocation or warning, saying nothing, and taking nothing. Even an off duty-officer from New Jersey and his girlfriend were attacked. The officer, George Williams, a 35-year old parole officer from Brick Township NJ wrote a letter to Mayor Sheila Dixon. In his letter he said, "Your office, as well as your police command staff has an obligation to keep all citizens living in and/or visiting the city safe and that is simply not happening." Dixon replied in a public statement, "I personally toured the Inner Harbor and this whole thing is blown out of perspective." Baltimore is second in the nation in murder rates. Radio personality Howard Stern said that the city was the most dangerous he ever visited. Police have been increasing their patrol from a typical quota of 12 to about 40 officers around the waterfront, and foot patrols have been increased in other downtown areas.
July 18th, 2009 10:02 PM
I have stayed in the inner harbor and I was fine walking after dark. Other than the inner harbor, Baltimore is a "Hood".
July 18th, 2009 10:09 PM
My maps only show the southern USA,so I could not get there anyway.
July 18th, 2009 11:00 PM
I visited the inner harbour three years ago ... absolutely no desire to return. It probably is a great place to visit, with interesting historical sites, but then, as now, the "roving gangs of young-thugs" was just too much.
The folks running that city really need to do something ... perhaps stronger patrols and actually punishing (as opposed to "slap-on-the-wrist") the offenders would help.
All I can tell you is that I won't be going back ... not a comfortable place to visit. Sad, really.
All who wander are not lost ...
Be a traveller, not a tourist.
A traveller doesn't know where he's going,
a tourist doesn't know where he's been.
July 19th, 2009 03:05 AM
Lets see they put more cops on patrol there increasing from 12 to 40,unless they are johnny on the spot they still aren't gonna stop a crime,not only that by placing xtra manpower there they had to take them from somewhere else.I have no desire to visit anywhere I cannot legally defend myself
"Outside of the killings, Washington has one of the lowest crime rates in the country,"
--Mayor Marion Barry, Washington , DC .
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