Crime down in Hammond, but I'm still victimized

2013-04-14T00:00:00Z Crime down in Hammond, but I'm still victimized
April 14, 2013 12:00 am

It has been a bad month for me. My work van was vandalized at home. Random street crime. Nothing can be done. At our latest crime watch, Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr. showed up to say crime is down.

People asked about street lights in the neighborhoods. Nothing can be done; no money. We suffered a daytime burglary. You know the rest.

My thanks to the patrol officers and detective who helped after the vandalism and burglary. I found out how little coverage patrol has in the 1st District.

Doesn't the public have a reasonable expectation of safety in our homes? No money for patrol, no lights, fend for yourself. How to raise the money? Forget the $400,000 for homes in your pet subdivision.

Other savings? Try College Bound, Festival of the Lakes, the booze cruise, fewer ball fields, summer rock concerts, and any of a number of boondoggles funded by "his" discretionary money.

Tommy says he likes to play poker. Let the public call for open books.

- JB Hamblen, Hammond

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