May 24, 2009
When Baltimore police roll into city neighborhoods known for serious drug violence, the first thing they often hear are shouts of "Five-O! Five-O!" from lookouts warning of their approach. The lookouts, mostly men in their 40s and 50s who are considered too old to play much of a role in the street-level drug trade, earn a meager subsistence on the periphery of the business. Younger, up-and-coming dealers pay them a pittance to keep watch, usually in the form of just enough heroin or crack cocaine to get them through another day. So when Baltimore Police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III, who came up through the ranks and once walked those mean streets himself, considers how to manage Baltimore's endemic crime problem, he's got to be thinking of those middle-age guys on the street who, broke, unemployed and addicted, are as much victims of the city's violent drug trade as are the junkies who line up in the shadows to buy their daily fix. "The best thing I could possibly do to reduce crime in Baltimore would be to give all my officers two kinds of cards to hand out," the commissioner says.
June 22, 2012
In the discussion of the downtown crime problem by Del. Pat McDonough and The Sun's Dan Rodricks , there is an important missing link ("Sailabration brings out the mobs," June 19). When the link is considered, one can see that they are both right! They are discussing two different areas. Delegate McDonough is talking about downtown Baltimore and Mr. Rodricks is talking about the Inner Harbor. As someone who has lived in the central business district for the past six years, there is only one reason that I'm there - namely, the harbor.
October 12, 1997
SAN DIEGO -- With little public notice, property crime in the United States has fallen sharply since 1980, data from the FBI show, with burglary rates down by almost half. That gives New York a lower burglary rate than London, and Los Angeles fewer burglaries than Sydney, Australia.The drop in property crime -- burglary, larceny and auto thefts -- has been obscured by the high level of violent crimes such as murder and robbery, which spurred demands for tougher sentencing laws.The drop in property crime -- which outnumbers violent crime 7-to-1 -- has been so large that the Netherlands, Australia, New Zealand and Canada now have overall crime rates as high as that in the United States, and as many criminals per capita, said Franklin Zimring, the director of the Earl Warren Legal Institute at the University of California at Berkeley.
October 26, 2011
Since Sept. 13, the date of Baltimore City's mayoral primary, there has been little to no coverage of the race leading up to the general election Nov. 8. The winners of that race will have it in their power to fix the 1 in 4 jobless rate in Baltimore City, stimulate a stagnant city economy, fix the appalling vacant property problem, balance the budget without raising taxes, fix an outdated transportation system, seriously address the crime problem...
January 28, 2013
I do not believe in any form of gun control, and I think it will ultimately kill more law-abiding Americans than any other law. The vast majority of Americans believe in the Second Amendment and that infringing on one's right to defend oneself is a clear violation of the Constitution. I would be happy to offer ideas about how to reduce violent crimes committed with firearms. This is not rocket science, it's common sense. But gun control only equals more crime. It only helps the criminals among us commit more crimes.
January 27, 1994
Boca Raton, Florida.--The issue of crime has provoked American politicians to spout demagoguery more befitting of the leaders of religious cults.FBI figures show that the rate of major crimes has not gone higher. But the flaming political rhetoric has, searing most Americans with a panicky fear of violence.Republican leaders cry that ''the Democrats are soft on crime,'' as they used to call them ''soft on communism.'' Now as then, leading Democrats are shaking in their boots, stooping to the disgraceful posture of trying to prove that they aren't coddlers of murderers, rapists, muggers and kidnappers.