Sunday, November 25, 2012

Rampant Crime in Shreveport: SIGIS Reminds You to Be Safe

It's that time of year.  The thugs are out and crime is up.

Consider this post a PSA to remind you to be careful and watchful when you are out.   It seems like every time I turn on the news there is another burglary or hold up.

Just this morning, around 10:00 a.m., a 72-year old man was severely beaten at his home on Line Avenue.  If you don't live around here, where this man lived is a high end neighborhood on a busy four lane street just two blocks from a large, upscale shopping district. 

Yesterday a woman was robbed at gunpoint at the Capital One ATM on Youree Drive (another very busy main street).  Two men approached her car, one hit her in the head with his gun and demanded cash.  He shot at her as she drove away.  

Day before yesterday a man went into Johnny's Pizza on Gilbert, pulled a gun on an employee, took money from the register, an employee's purse, and cell phone.

I can keep going, but you get the idea.

Times are hard, the holidays are upon us, and desperate criminals are becoming bolder.

Watch yourself out there and keep your doors locked (both car and home).  Don't open your door to anyone you don't know.   When you leave a store, keep a vigilant eye as you walk to your car.  If you see anything suspicious go back inside and ask a security officer to escort you or watch you walk to your car.  Take a friend with you when you shop and avoid shopping at night if you can.  Park in a well lit area.

Here are some good safety tips when you are out shopping but that 72-year old man mentioned above was not out shopping.  Remember to be cautious at home, too.

Be careful out there.


Andy said...

I'm seeing it every day, Pat. I can't really go in to details, but I'm seeing things...victims of brazen, flagrant, IN YOUR FACE daylight crime that I never really imagined would take place in my once safe little city.

I often like to chalk it up to "it's the Holiday season, and crime tends to rise, yada yada yada..." But, I honestly believe that this is no longer a seasonal malady.

It's only going to get worse.

Glad I could brighten up your evening!

Don't bother to thank me...

Sarah said...

So far I've only had some weirdo chase me around the grocery store, but I hate being out and about this time of year. A couple of years ago I had a guy get out of his car in the middle of the road and cuss me out for honking at him, because he cut in front of me and nearly caused a wreck. He came at me like he was going to get in my car. A few days later a local business owner came out of his store and cussed me out for parking in front of his store instead of the one next to his that I was going to (even though the lots in that lane were full). This is why I shop on Amazon now.

david7134 said...

Please don't feel that the economic situation is causing an increase in crime. Most of the crime is secondary to drugs and money needed for that purpose. People get a surprising amount of support if they are not working, just look at the results of the presidential election to see. What we should do is eliminate the restrictions on drug sales. That would drop the price, eliminate the gangs and terrorist and allow all of us a measure of freedom.