You Are More Likely To Be A Victim Of A Violent Crime In Lubbock, Than In Dallas.
Well, this is certainly unpleasant news.
According to the website "Best Places," you are much more likely to be a victim of a violent crime in Lubbock than in Dallas. Hold on, you are also more likely to be a victim of a property crime in Lubbock than in Dallas.
It gets worse, you are also more likely to be a victim of a violent or property crime in Lubbock than in Houston. You are also almost TWICE as likely to be a victim of a violent crime in Lubbock than in Austin or El Paso. You are also more likely to be a victim of a violent crime in Lubbock than in San Antonio. At this point, I'm really tired of typing in cities to compare us to.
So much for the myth of "big city crime". I guess around here, Lubbock is "the big city", but apparently we don't have a "big city" problem, we have a "Lubbock" problem. We apparently just have a lot of people around here that place a low value on others' lives.
So how do you address this problem? I would think job number one would be to do a better job of putting violent offenders away. It seems logical that many of these crimes against persons are committed by the same people.
I also think we can put a lot of this on the doorstep of our city government for not prioritizing community involvement and engagement. We seem to be in a pinch-a-penny, kick-the-can-down-the-road mode, so the first thing that's lost is community events. This may seem a little ridiculous to you, but trust me, it's harder to sock your neighbor in the face if you shook hands with them at a picnic in the park.
Maybe it's time for us to take a look at the realities of Lubbock in 2023 and make some changes.