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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom_Jones View Post
    That's much more handy as a clickable link:

    https://www.crimemapping.com/

    If only an agency near me used that site...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom_Jones View Post
    That's much more handy as a clickable link:

    https://www.crimemapping.com/

    I entered a few Connecticut zip codes, New Haven 06511, Bridgeport 06601 and Hartford 06101 and got zilch.

    A quick New Haven Google yields:
    For New Haven, we found that the violent crime rate is one of the highest in the nation, across communities of all sizes (both large and small). Violent offenses tracked included rape, murder and non-negligent manslaughter, armed robbery, and aggravated assault, including assault with a deadly weapon.
    So what get reported or tracked by these websites can be rather misleading.

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    That was kinda my point, by this website there is no crime within 25 miles or so of me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Guerrero View Post
    I went back and re-read all the posts since @rob_s's. Just to summarize, should what @BehindBlueI's, @Tom Givens, @Sherman A. House DDS, @TCinVA, et al said be the real takeaway? That you can't really rely on stats, or maybe even crime reports in your neighborhood, so you just always need to be ready for the black swan event?
    I'd like to say always, but I also like to go to water parks. Could I be screwed because I'm unarmed and on a water slide when things kick off? Sure. But I accept the risk. I'll travel to Paris. I won't travel to Kabul. I think stats just help you decide where you want to draw the line when the question is "I want to do this, but is it worth it?"

    For normal day-to-day, I want to know the patterns. My neighborhood crime rate could be high, but if it's the work of a serial rapist targeting hispanic females, that doesn't affect my day-to-day. If it's a crew carjacking people in 4x4 trucks, then I know to look out for a specific threat. The more I know, the easier my threat scan is.

    In short, I want the intel for specific and credible threats, but it doesn't affect what I do day-to-day.
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    No shortage of reported info for my little corner of ABQ:

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    That's just for the last 7 days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom_Jones View Post
    No shortage of reported info for my little corner of ABQ:

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    That's just for the last 7 days.
    So- might be a slight alcohol problem in your area
    Every day in transportation makes me feel like I brought a toothpick to a gun fight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Guerrero View Post
    I went back and re-read all the posts since @rob_s's. Just to summarize, should what @BehindBlueI's, @Tom Givens, @Sherman A. House DDS, @TCinVA, et al said be the real takeaway? That you can't really rely on stats, or maybe even crime reports in your neighborhood, so you just always need to be ready for the black swan event?
    My intentions were to communicate:

    - Crime stats that are commonly bandied about are woefully incomplete
    - The need to use a firearm in personal defense is not a rare event
    - Attempts at violent crime in and around the home especially are more common than most realize

    I don't consider the need to use a firearm to prevent a serious act of violence against yourself or a loved one to be a black swan event. It's not rare or unpredictable, especially given how thoroughly broken our criminal justice system is. Some people are more at risk than others. If, for instance, you live within walking distance of public transportation in a larger urban area, you are at greater risk than I am in my area.

    ...of course in my area there have been half a dozen home invasions and a double murder of a store owner and his wife within 1.5 miles of where I'm sitting right now. So...

    The great irony is that if you assume it will happen to you one day and you make reasonable preparations (like training, taking steps to harden your home, etc) you make it less likely that you will be selected as a victim.
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    Quote Originally Posted by holmes168 View Post
    So- might be a slight alcohol problem in your area
    The majority of those are for "Disturbing the peace -- suspicious person/vehicle" which is more of a general description of ABQ than anything else. Where Austin has "Keep Austin Weird", ABQ has "Albuquerque, Sketchy As Fuck".

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    @TCinVA: thanks, I think I'm clear now.

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    Great interview TC. Great thread!!

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