Daily Crime Blotter
#1 Jan 19, 2009
Crime seems low right now, a combination of the cold weather and all the festivities with the Obama following and subsequent parties.
My area near bowie high school isn't too bad with crime, no apartmetns around, the police stay at the school during school hours and the kids don't want to hang out at the school after school hours. The worst area for crime seems to be east arlington north or 20 and west of 360, around the park row and abrams area.
#2 Jan 19, 2009
That's a bad area that you mention; I've read that the area around Matlock and Sublett in South Arlington has gotten to be a bad area for gang activity.
The more apartment complexes they build, especially when they're Section 8, the worse the crime stats are going to be. A lot of fairly expensive houses have gone Section 8 and that brings a variety of problems to neighborhoods.
#3 Jan 20, 2009
Matlock and Sublett? I don't know where you heard that. Show me the crime statistics to support your claim. Citizen watch groups provide a deterrence, as well as the new police station. However, crime statistics will support a claim that Matlock and Harris and points south are beginning to be a challenge.
#4 Jan 20, 2009
I am off green Oaks near New York, there are no apartments around here.
The apartments closest to me are off 360 in grand prarie and new, with garages, not section 8 but high dollar ( for the meantime) and brand new.
I do not have any gang activity although if you go up north of here, closer to arkansas street, park row and division there is quite a bit of crime and apartments, most of which are section 8.
I am far south of 20.
There are no bars, apartments near me and I'm right near a school and nestled in an area full of churches ( one on every conrner).
Matlock and Sublett are not in my neighborhood and I am very glad too.
Back 5 years ago had some trouble but they originated from 2 dysfunctional familes who had homes on the street. Since then, both families kids ( troublemakers and young criminals) went to prison and the parents divorced, moved away and there is no trouble. The kids around me now are all small now, many young couples moved in. Being the average age of the kids living here now is about 5 to 7.... I figure it will take at least another 7-9 years before they grow up enough to be hoodlums and I will be gone from the area.
this is not a good area to retire in
for the fact of crime
no recreation unless you like to shop and eat out
and too many people.
I plan to move and greatly looking forward to it but must wait, as pension does not kick in for a few more years.
#5 Jan 20, 2009
On the crime stats
you can get from arlingtonpd.org
the only crime in my neighborhood is from the actual school, BOWIE, during or right after school hours
and the school has police in the school to make sure it doesn't get out of hand like the big lock down ordeal they had 10 years ago.
Other than the crimes at the school, my neighborhood is low on crime.
#6 Jan 20, 2009
The good thing and positive outcome of this city growing and the gangs and other criminal activity is the police actually have some work to do, unlike back in the 70's and 80's when this was mostly a redneck town with cops who were bored.
The police force has grown in more ways than one, bringing with it different type police than the force of small town bullies it once had.
There are 2 new police stations in south arlington and this is a good thing, it is also good the police now have real actual criminals to follow up on and arrest/ detain and do police related work on instead of having to make things up, set up speed traps and act like jerks.
The city now has much better police officers, for sure !!!!!!!!!
#7 Jan 20, 2009
I didn't make a "claim", I just said I've read. I've no idea the stats and am not particularly interested in researching them; you can do it if you choose. There may be some citizen watch groups who are actually diligent, but most are a joke.
What I DO know is there has been an obvious change in "climate" in that and many other areas of Arlington during the past 5 years. Pretty much every apartment complex is Section 8, as are many neighborhoods. The only way to be assured of no Section 8 housing is to move into a homeowner's association, but given some of the stories about HOAs, there's probably no guarantee that all HOAs will offer sanctuary from the undesirable elements. I DO know that if you go into any store or restaurant in the south Arlington area, you see a strong presence of lower-class, gang-looking individuals, which is unacceptable to decent citizens wanting to live in the burbs.
#8 Jan 20, 2009
Funny but what your describing is how I saw FLORIDA. I thought maybe it was due to the sunshine ( too much) as to why people all looked aged and half dead, or on drugs.
Some old, wrinkled up bodys in short shorts, some faces looking like prunes and overall nastiness. I would not want to live in Florida, not just because of the humidity and large population of gators and cockroaches
but because people there are generally funny looking to me.
In this area I would say it is not one that is overly superficial concerning looks. People here are more into outword things, like who has the fancier auto.... fanciest cell phone.
Plastic surgery business would not be booming in Arlington Texas, thats for sure... hahaha
#9 Jan 20, 2009
No apartments around me, new neighborhoods have homewoners association. I tell you I lucked out. You go up north of 20, over by park row, arkansas.... and its a whole different arena. Lots of low income housing, apartments and crime.
Where I'm moving there is no crime, no schools, no kids.... only kids would have to be home schooled and no one in their right mind is gonna hole up for the winter in the middle of nowhere with a house of kids.
I'm planning my move carefully to avoid any growing city, school taxes or extremist groups. I only want to fish, hunt and ride my snowmobile down to the local gathering place monthly to say hello to my mountain neighbors.
#10 Jan 20, 2009
Yeah, it ticks me off that we have to pay school taxes at all, as we have no kids in school AND based on what we hear about the pathetic school systems. And with any growing city, you're for sure going to find gangs, undesirables, and extremists. Guess that's why a lot of people are moving to small towns or out in the boonies somewhere.
#11 Jan 20, 2009
Youre kidding right ? Invest in a Mapsco ! And never forget, "Google is your friend".
Tour info here is way off base !!!!
#12 Jan 20, 2009
South of Matlock and Harris would be getting into Mansfield....Pearcy Elem. is one of the best schools here. Pearcy is 1 of 4 quadrant schools with a Dyslexia Center in the AISD !
Now.....how many "other" districts can say they provide something like that AND do it right ?
This whole thread is full of BS. Most is untrue.....and just fussy-butt , uneducated , ignorant crap !
Yoda needs a hobby....just my opinion.
BTW, I dont think its the new police station dropping crime. I noticed a difference a year ago when this area finished up with the Barnett Shale signings... and we DONT have a HOA....we have GOOD people living here and a leader that handles things good, if need be.
#13 Jan 23, 2009
Don't be disillusioned that if you don't see crime then it isn't happening. Over the past 6 months, your area is seeing the higher rise in crime in S. Arlington. There have been drug activities, burglaries, criminal mischief. Recently, one of your neighbors was arrested on a motorcycle fencing charge that had international ties. Also, recently, there was an execution-style murder in the area. And by the way, you still have a few blocks to go south before you reach Mansfield.
#14 Jan 23, 2009
You should run background checks on your neighbors before you go trusting them... just saying.
A few years ago a man in who lived very close to me and his family were arrested as Terrorists.
Fact is in this area you dont know flip about your neighbors, who they are or where they come from.........
there are over 4,000 convicted child molesters living in our city, thats only the ones who are mappable.
I think the police stations helped very much, the one in east arlington was great and had a gang unit. If you do not respect your local police, next time you have trouble brew, don't call them and save my tax dollars.
#15 Feb 4, 2010
Your kidding...you really think there are no gangs in this area. I'm off of New York near Green Oaks. Wake up...there are gangs in our area and they are running the drugs big time. Yeap...I know what the crime stats say....but are you really seeing whats happening on the streets? Here's an example murder at McDonalds I-20/S. Collins (7/11/09) drug deal went bad.... it was between two gang members. Shooting at Krogers (360/Green Oaks)(10/08) Lynch Mob gang and rival gang.
#16 Feb 4, 2010
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