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Port Arthur sees 2-percent decrease in crime
PORT ARTHUR - by Lauren Huet
So far this year, total crime in Port Arthur has gone down 2 percent. Last year, there was a total of 854 burglaries. So far this year, there have been 509. Thefts (last year: 1,428; this year: 1,018), robberies (last year: 121; this year: 79), aggravated assaults (last year: 200; this year: 142), and rapes (last year: 19; this year: 10) have also decreased.
Despite the 2 percent overall decrease in crime, some Port Arthur residents still do not feel safe. A young mother living in the Carver Street Apartments said she worries about her children's safety.
"Ya, I do. A lot," said Laquinta Hall. "Because what would happen if they were outside playing?"
She and her kids try to stay inside as much as possible. Hall says crimes happen all the time in her complex.
"It's always fighting, you can't sleep at night, there's always something going on every night," said Hall.
Her neighbor, Jason Warrior, said there is a drug and violence problem.
"The crime is, it's at a Richter Scale at a ten," said Warrior.
He says crime is a cycle.
"Nobody come around here and try to help the kids. I mean, these kids grew up doing the same thing and they parents now, so it's going to keep on repeating itself. Girls here are like babies having babies," said Warrior.
Deputy Chief of the Port Arthur Police Department, Major Raymond Clark, said they often see fluctuations in crime rates. He asks people to keep the police informed.
"Give us a call," he said. "I wish we could be everywhere every minute, but it's impossible, we just don't have the manpower."
Both Warrior and Hall plan to leave the Carver Terrace Apartments soon.
"Just get away from here because this is like a trap," advised Warrior.
"Ya," said Hall, "I'm fixing to go get the keys to my new house now."