Thursday, October 02, 2008

Tucson and I are on the outs again.

It seems like every time I start to feel like maybe Tucson and I could really get along, something like this (or this) happens. To be honest, I'm used to hearing about stuff like that happening in the south part of town (sorry, friends who live down there). And yes, I realize how sad it is that I could ever be "used" to hearing about people being beaten and robbed in their own homes by armed thugs.

Today, though, it got even worse: our alert neighbor passed on an email from another woman who lives nearby, and it seems that there have been two similar home invasions in our general area of town the past two nights. The first one happened, and the police assumed it was drug-related. (Side note: am I a terrible person if I admit to being relieved when I hear that violent crime is connected to the bad lifestyle choices of the victims? It probably does, but it also makes me feel a tiny bit safer. However, please don't draw any shocking conclusions from these statements about women or rape, because that is absolutely not what I'm talking about here.)

Then there was another home invasion last night, so nobody is sure what exactly is going on, except, of course, for the people who are doing these terrible things. Still, there are a few things about the incidents that don't really make sense. For example, the email account says that one of the victims (a man) "answered the door and was confronted with 3 armed men in ski masks." Um, if three men in ski masks ring your doorbell, don't answer the door. Also, it says the men "proceeded to take everything that was at hand, said they did not want to hurt anyone, asked for drugs, and left." I can just imagine it: "Well, now that we've taken your money and valuables, do you happen to have any drugs on hand? No? Oh well, just thought I'd check."

I just can't handle the prospect of not feeling safe in my own neighborhood. It's enough to make me want to stay inside all day, every day, unless Jeremy is home to escort me everywhere. But what kind of life would that be? So I'll continue on as I always have, being absurdly vigilant even to the point that if I pull out of our street and see a car that was previously parked on the shoulder of the road turn onto the street after me, I'll go back to make sure that it wasn't just waiting for me to leave so they could break into our house.

In my more dramatic moments, it's enough to make me want to live in the Middle East forever. I know our affinity for that region of the world puzzles and possibly terrifies many of you, but really, what is there to be afraid of? In what way is a possible act of terrorism or war more dangerous than three masked men breaking into someone's home with guns?

11 comments:

Suzanne Bubnash said...

I agree w/ you on the fact that it is less a worry for me personally when others "invite" crime because of their lifestyle. It's still crime, it still imperils the innocent to some degree, but good behavior provides some protection.

A couple years ago there was a triple murder nearby, very scary, but shortly the police determined it was NOT random which was a relief for the neighbors. As opposed to another triple murder in my neighborhood as a teenager, that WAS random, and it was a frightening few hours until the crazy perp was caught & locked up.

Liz Johnson said...

I'm with you. I've been trying to get the heck out of dodge for a while.

Why is it that I felt safer in Mexico City than I ever do here??

Britney said...

Wow. Last week we read "The Russians are listening" and this week it's the Tusconians, armed, masked and on the loose. You're keeping us on the edge of our seats.

For you though, it sounds pretty nerve wracking. Are there other areas closeby with lower crime rates? Or is Tucson just struggling with crime in general?

JackJen said...

How does Raytheon stay in business?

{ps: below is my best word verification EVER. snurktid}

Susanne said...

Sorry you feel that way about America. I never feel that way, thankfully.

Anonymous said...

I can understand and sympathize. I'm currently living in a high crime area myself (DC area), and spend more time than I should daydreaming about moving to a more peaceful location. Oddly enough though, the crazy traffic here worries me much more than the crime, maybe because so many traffic accidents seem so random.

Hannah

EmmySue said...

Oh, my dear friend... we live such common lives. I stopped watching the news for just that reason... so many of the home invasions have been just down the street from us. After we had someone arrested in our backyard I begged that we get a home alarm system. So now at least if someone tries to break into the house we have a little warning. So many nights I can't sleep... My biggest fear is hearing over the baby monitor someone trying to break into the kids bedroom. The other night we were awakened by LOUD tires screeching... but this time not followed by gun shots. I rolled over and told David that maybe our area is improving becuase they didn't shoot this time. WOW! How lovely... no gun shots this time! So considerate! At least now I know it is Tucson in general and not just us south side folks. Just think... MAY... MAY... Are you moving after school is over?

sarah palmer cook said...

ei agree with you. at first i was scared of the middle east and then after visiting, I've never felt safer. Rock Springs is so full of rough men working in the oil fields and mines it makes one be on alert any time of day (not that they're all bad, just some). I will always remember how safe I felt walking down the street in the Middle East and how I dont even feel that way in Salt Lake City, LDS capital of the world

Bridget said...

Hahaha, Emmy, I have the same two thoughts - first, that an alarm system will only give us warning, and second, that I will hear someone over the baby monitor. Yikes!!!!

I don't mean to say that everywhere in America is more dangerous than everywhere in the Middle East. I just mean that Tucson itself is more dangerous than anywhere else I've ever spent time, except possibly Moscow.

Susie of Arabia said...

I think that the high crime rate can be mostly attributed to the state of the economy - if people have jobs, make a decent salary, and can provide for their families, there is no need for them to rob other people. My daughter lives in south Tucson, and I must admit, I worry about her and her family's safety. It wasn't like that when I lived there twenty years ago.

American Muslima Writer said...

SubhanAllah teh south side always had high crime rates I'm sad to see that it is still so. My fam used alarm and masha'Allah those police arive swiftly. I was relieved. And every phone is linked to the system so if any phone is picked up it links directly to the security company andf police in case you need to report something urgent like armed gun men or such. I fell alot safer...now if only Gramps would remeber to set it at night... perhaps I shoudl call them and remind them crime is up....
And if you really want ... welcome back to Mid east ;) I do feel safer here. I can walk down the streets and if unlikely there is someone to cause trouble I knwo one scream will bring a neighborhood full of men to investigate. Masha'Allah.

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