Go below the surface of crime
As a victim of crime myself, I think I have the right to play devil’s advocate here and say that anybody who thinks an increased police presence can make a dent in crime is only addressing the cosmetics of the problem. That may help to contain crime, but not stop it.
To truly bring crime to a halt, you have to nip it in the bud. That means that social workers have to enter homes and ensure to the best of their ability that homes are homes and not criminal training grounds.
Psychologists and sociologists also have to educate parents on the danger that this Movado, Vybz Cartel etc. music contains (let’s not leave out rap and the other genres that promote violence and degradation of women) and the effects of wearing skimpy clothing, smoking and drinking and behaving in a lewd manner and gambling in front of your children and the barrel child effect (going away to make a living; decorating your child with brand name everything from small), just to name a few things in that regard.
The education system needs to start training children to be more patriotic (how many of us know the National Pledge?), speaking properly (grammar nowadays is worse than pathetic, even for slang. And to think, America got their independence from Britain almost 300 years before us and speak way better than us), the importance of manners and how to treat a young lady/man, just to name a few pointers.
You can hire a million police officers and place them on every street corner, along with five million cameras; all it takes is a corrupt officer and a mask and crime will continue. Oh wait. Sorry, nobody cares about masks anymore.
Crime is not a police problem; crime is a social problem. Like Jackie Chan’s uncle used to say in his cartoon, “You have to fight magic with magic.” Don’t expect police to solve a problem that starts at home.
Shabba De Leon