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YOUR TURN: How Should The City Fight Crime?

City officials are working together this week to brainstorm new initiatives to combat crime in the city. What's your best idea for the mission?

While crime rates at both and national level have continued to go down over the past two decades, tensions remain high in the city after two weekend shootings.

Mayor Gary Christenson to brainstorm “new initiatives” to tackle violence in the city.

Realizing you're all full of ideas – and noting a number of decision-makers read our comments section – we wanted to ask readers: how should the city improve it's crime-fighting?

It can be simple ideas (e.g. more police officers) or something completely out-of-the-box (e.g. RoboCop).

Whatever they are, share your thoughts with other readers in the comments below.  

fred August 24, 2012 at 05:26 PM
OK, my original post was, "I am guessing 90%" Alright, that may be a far fetch, but the bottom line is, where ever those programs exist, trouble follows. These facts i do know. A good friend works in the Malden Court house. He is always giving me updates on the crime in the city. He told me that somerville and cambridge are cracking down on the crime associated with their minority population. There are MS13 gang members that were booted from housing. Guess who took them in. He said Malden Housing has MS 13 gang members. We have an enormous influx of Haitian decent. With our liberal government allowing our boarders to be over run by illegals. All receiving some kind of benefits. (food stamps) We have many illegals in Malden. Phe/Chris, I do not dought your numbers, but there seems to be a disconnect with the poverty level and the stated percentage receiving social program assistance. How can the poverty level in malden be below 20% when only 50% of the people are tax paying citizens. The other 50% has to be receiving assistence. I hear that the largest employer in Malden is the city of Malden. I have been living in this city for 57 years, and again, I will throw out a guess. MAYBE 20% of city employees are minority. Doesb any know that #?
david mokal August 24, 2012 at 05:34 PM
Meggie your stats dont mean anything and you have done more than your share of insults. Every topic you come across no mater who or what it is. Goes on and on. Like Mike says get to the point what the city needs. Hey I got a good one for ya! Look up the Lynn Fells Daycare and see how witnesses where cohersed because the detectives had something on each and every one. An open Daycare you could walk in anytime...kids brought in filthy by their low life moms. Check that one out you'll be amazed. Dirty Deeds done Dirt Cheap. Been here 66 years and forgotten what you will ever know. Look up stats on Murders in Malden there's another all free.
Diana August 24, 2012 at 05:35 PM
Racists are bad at math. True story.
Chris Caesar August 24, 2012 at 05:36 PM
Fred, "all of them" are on food stamps? That's a pretty bold claim. Politifact said a previous claim that about 40% of them were ranked as a "Pants on Fire" distortion: http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2012/jun/19/facebook-posts/facebook-post-says-more-43-percent-all-food-stamps/ "None of this even takes into account an even more basic reality: It is against the law for Illegal immigrants to receive food stamps and the government has a process to verify immigration status. Citizen children of illegal immigrants can qualify (there are 3.5 million, according to Pew) but that's not enough to make the math work. Is it possible some illegal immigrants receive food stamps anyway? Sure. But even if every single one somehow managed to fool the government, it still wouldn't be enough to account for the 43 percent."
Chris Caesar August 24, 2012 at 05:37 PM
So do stats only mean something when they are about murder? Look, this thread has devolved into just complete idiocy. I'm shutting it down.

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