A spike in violence made 2007 the deadliest year for Anchorage in more than a decade and the third bloodiest the city has seen in more than a quarter-century, according to police statistics.
“The unusual trend I see is totally innocent strangers, and the average citizen, were more in danger,” Koch said. “This year, we’ve got some true stranger killings, which are truly uncommon in Anchorage.”
The usual weapon of choice was a gun, but the instruments of death also included knives, bare fists, a baseball bat and a frying pan.
14 shot, 2 stabbed, 6 beaten, 3 cause unreleased.
The jump in homicides had the six Anchorage police homicide detectives working overtime, Koch said: “My guys are pretty well hustling just to keep up.”
Yup, things are looking up since we elected that Democratic Mayor of ours. Good to see he’s tough on crime like he promised he’d be. I’d hate to see how bad things would’ve been without him.
Things have gone downhill quite a bit. Last week my kids went to the grocery store and witnessed an armed robbery. My wife and I went to the store a few hours later and saw seven cop cars lined up with one car pulled over. How many cops does it take and what was the crime? My laptop was stolen last week too. I could go on but I’d rather not bore you to death. My point? I just don’t think I’ll trust another Democrat that talks up a storm about fighting crime. All I’ve seen since Begich got into office is more crime. Coincidence? Maybe, but I didn’t see the Mayor’s name mentioned in the paper. Funny how there was no comment from him. But since our paper is quite liberal… you connect the dots.
Crime was at our lowest in 2001, with a Republican in office.
Speaking of the Mayor, check out his website.
After three years what can you say about Mayor Begich?– Anchorage is really headed in the right direction. Since becoming mayor in July 2003, I’ve worked hard with thousands of Anchorage citizens and groups to make our community safer, more prosperous for all, and to relieve congestion on our streets. I am seeking re-election in April 2006 to continue the progress we’ve achieved together.
Safer streets with more police and firefighters, an anti-gang initiative and special focus on preventing and combating domestic violence;
Safer? Really Mark? By what standards??
BTW, I’ll give him credit for working on traffic congestion and more police/firefighters but that’s it.