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Crime may be down in Hampden but it still doesn't feel safe [Letter]

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake was on the radio recently saying that Hampden residents have it all wrong and that crime is actually down in our neighborhood ("Hampden residents threaten dark 34th Street over crime concerns," Sept. 30).

Petty crimes like car break-ins may be down, but it's hard to live on my street and not feel that armed robberies are up.

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I haven't looked at the statistics carefully, but when your neighbor is held up at knifepoint on their porch, you hear of people being robbed at gunpoint around the corner, and your local 7-11, Royal Farms and Subway are all robbed within the space of two weeks, people start feeling unsafe.

It's a quality of life issue. The statistics don't mean much when even the men on your street admit they are nervous going out into the alley alone late at night. The statistics mean nothing when my heart pounds a little faster every night between the time I exit my car until I get to my door.

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Why say we have it all wrong when we are trying to do the right thing by organizing to ask the police to help us take back our streets?

Hillary A. Strilko, Baltimore

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