Criminals did not take a break over the holidays, at least in Midtown.
Nextdoor was full of complaints about crime. Like these:
“Sometime last night our car got burglarized on Peabody Ave, a few blocks east of McLean. I remember locking the car but there were no signs of forced entry. Maybe the car didn’t lock when I thought it did. Lost loose change and 2 pairs of nice Ray Ban sunglasses (prescription). Someone remind what is so special about living in Midtown? Bastards.”
And, with the headline “Car Break In Today”: “Well, it’s the second time this week for us. My son’s car has been parked on the street today as he is home from college. At some point today, someone attempted to break into his vehicle. The trim around his window was removed and was on the ground and the lock was obviously jacked with in an attempt to get into it. He will file a police report in the morning. There is significant damage around the lock but they did not get in. We were all at the Memphis game today so believe this happened at some point during that game. Side note, there is nothing in his car to steel. Anyhoo, frustrating because of the damage to the vehicle but nothing else. Middle of the day today!”
These are just two of many. I also ran into a neighbor at Kroger who told me she had a $300 package stolen from her front porch between 11:30 and 2. She was watching for it, too, but the crook was quick.
Someone answered on Nextdoor that the solution is another Phelps truck to patrol.
Don’t we pay for police in our taxes? If not, what are we getting from the city for our money? That’s a question Mayor Slickman should be answering.
The state has weighed in, however. Tennessee’s blue ribbon Juvenile Justice Task Force has been studying what should be done with juvenile criminals. Their answer? We are too tough on them.
The Memphis Daily News reports:
• Changing zero-tolerance policies in school systems to include more discretion short of suspension and expulsion for drug possession, including a diversion treatment program.
• Allowing police officers and other law enforcement to write tickets or citations for misdemeanor offenses instead of taking a child to juvenile court.
• Having school administrators show they have attempted to intervene in other ways before having a school security officer petition to have a child taken to juvenile court for offenses that fall short of a serious threat to school safety. That includes a recommendation that school officers be more limited in their involvement in discipline and enforcing school rules.
• That information obtained from a child under 14 during an interrogation cannot be used against that youth in criminal or transfer proceedings unless the child’s attorney is present. It would be considered a rebuttable presumption.
• That not child under 12 years old be detained more than 24 hours unless “there is a written judicial finding of extraordinary and special circumstances.”
The conclusions are among the summer study committee reports Tennessee legislators are considering before their return to session next month.
Does that sound to you like a path towards less crime in our city?