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Thread: Whats going on here in Maine (crime)

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    Whats going on here in Maine (crime)

    It has always been a funny statistic here in Maine, the running statistical joke was you were twice as likely to die on a snowmobile than you were getting murdered. That is on average we have about 10 murders a year, snowmobile fatalities are typically in the high teens.

    This year every weekend it seems someone has gotten murdered. There was a couple in a tiny town called Wayne, Maine. One just outside of Bangor, and if my count is accurate we are hitting the 20 mark for the year. Now it has come to my county. A kid was purposely run over last weekend in his own driveway by a another kid with a truck in Winterport.

    This is nuts. Waldo County Maine, by statistics anyway, is the safest place to live crime wise. I deduce that because we have the lowest crime rate in the state, and Maine has the lowest crime rate in the nation. Heck I don't even own a gun, nor do I lock my doors, my car or even have a door on my snowmobile shed.

    I was just curious what crime is like for other woodworkers on here. Is is something you worry about? Maybe not so much murder, but theft? What precautions do you take? Have you ever had a problem with undesirables (besides your brother in law borrowing your tools) messing with your tooling?

    I have no intention of traveling from birth to the grave in a manicured and well preserved body; but rather I will skid in sideways, totally beat up, completely worn out, utterly exhausted and jump off my tractor and loudly yell, "Wow, this is what it took to feed a nation!"

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    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Tokyo Japan
    Travis, that is really a shame, but I'm thinking that this is just a blip in the stats, I'll bet that it is NOT a trend, certainly hope it is not.

    The main thing that I do for keeping my stuff safe, it the old adage, "Out of sight, out of mind".

    I try very hard NOT to advertise my location, yes, I've been in the magazines, but I make sure they do not give anything specific, besides, getting anything up them stairs would scare away most thieves.

    The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.
    William Arthur Ward

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    We have crime but so far not a lot of burglaries. When burglaries do occur, it's usually some kids stealing for drug money....but there's not a lot of that. The thing here is .....everybody knows everyone is armed. Never had anything stolen in hunting camp either partially for the same reason. We'd go up 3 weeks early, cut firewood, set the tents. Come in 3 weeks later to hunt...tents up firewood still there. Most of our crimes are alcolhol related...somebody gets drunk and does something stupid.....Please don't bring up an Idaho U.S. Senator and the bathrooms in Minnesota.....That didn't happen here!

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    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Northville, MI
    This is one subject my town excells in, crime. Detoit is usually number one or two in the national rankings for crime, and I'm talking lot's of crime, not little crime. (Seems St. Louis likes to trade for the top dog spot) It is pretty much standard to lock your car anytime you are not sitting in it. If you go in to pay for your gas you should lock the car. Many, if not most, homes have alarms of some sort.

    It was a big change for us when we moved from kentucky to here (even though we are an hour away from Detroit). The news here is depressing so I don't usually watch it anymore.

    I suspect that crime in general across the nation is rising. Since we are getting more and more people occupying the same spaces you will come across more that will get things the easy way. As the national economics gets tougher are also seeing more crime. And lastly I don't believe the "don't touch the student" theory in primary schools is helping any.

    Opinions expressed in this post are mine, take them as that. I have no scientific data to support my opinion on this subject.

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    That's a real bummer Travis. As others have said, I hope it's just a blip.

    We have had a few horrific events here over the past few years. Thankfully they have been an aberration, and not the norm.

    I grew up outside of Chicago, so the typical precautions we take are seen as a bit extreme here - like taking the keys out of the car and locking it.


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    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Kutztown PA
    It is not too bad here, although as my one neighbor's children get older things are bound to get worse. There have been a few break ins around here, but those have happened to houses that are isolated from view. We are right on a corner and can be seen from several vantage points. Most of the neighbors (excepting the one mentioned above) are friendly and watchful as well.

    If someone would attempt a break in while we are here, we will call 911, but it won't be for the cops to come and protect us. If they were to break in while we were gone, well, that is why we have insurance. And anyone thinking they can waltz in here for a strong arm robbery would be walking into more trouble than he or she ever dreamed possible.

    Bill Grumbine

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    Apr 2007
    No, not all of SoCal is Los Angeles!
    I was doing a job in a small town in Minnesota and the locals were always giving me odd looks for locking my car and checking it. Places are different in this respect. Locking up is a force of habit in my part of SoCal. Shop is locked and alarmed with battery and cellular backup straight to the cops.
    Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
    - Arthur C. Clarke

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    Feb 2007
    Inside the Beltway

    I live and work in DC, but crime is actually the least of my worries. At this moment, I'm sitting less than two miles from the Capitol building, and not much further from the white house. I'm a hundred yards from the largest christian church in the hemisphere. The anthrax post office is where our mail comes in.

    In other words, I'm dead center in the crosshairs. I've never been robbed or burglarized, but all I had to do was look out my window to see the planes and the smoke that day. When the air force was flying cover over the capitol, they were flying right over here. Oh, and the main train tracks go right by here. If something happened, we'd probably not even see it coming.

    I *wish* I lived out in the countryside. Things are way too specific and imaginable here...



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    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM
    Although I live in LA, I'm in an area that has a relatively low crime rate. We really don't have many gang-bangers around this part of town, since the bikers ran them all off. (And the average biker around here is 50, works a real job, has 2.2 kids, and mows his lawn every weekend like everyone else.) The meth/crack heads tend to prey on their own kind. We have some petty stuff, but very few serious crimes. (Can't say that about other parts of LA, for sure.)

    Our house is on a cul-de-sac, and we all keep an eye on each others' houses. It's not uncommon for me to get home from work around 6:00, open the garage door to let the shop cool off, then not actually go out to the shop until several hours later. Between the neighbors and the dogs, nobody is likely to walk off with anything from my shop. When we're not here, someone would have to go through three large dogs to get to anything good. If we are here, they'd need to add Messrs. Smith and Wesson to that equation.
    When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. - Hunter S. Thompson
    When the weird get going, they start their own forum. - Vaughn McMillan

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    Oct 2006
    Houston, TX
    There are a couple of stats. that I've found interesting. First, the FBI UCR points out that property crime tends to go down when the economy is good and up when it is bad. Obviously as a statistic that is a trend and not hard and fast and would depend on where you are. As Bill L. pointed out, there isn't much he can do sitting that close to the capitol, since it will always be a magnet for hate and discontent.

    The other statistic I've found interesting, especially for those married to statistics only, is the Ice Cream Index. There is a direct correlation between ice cream sales and the murder rate. In case you have to think about that one the factor that ties them together is Heat. As it gets hotter folks tend to get a bit edgier and shorter tempered.

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