Honestly, hockeyfan, that's part of the reason why I live in the 'burbs and pay the crazy taxes that I do. - I'm sorry mom2 but I'm gonna have to call BS on that. You moved away from THE CRIME, not too better cops. The taxes you pay don't equate to better protection, just an economic fence. You can be honest, no reason to hide in "white guilt". The higher property taxes keep people with lower income (the bracket with the highest amount of criminals) out of your neighborhood. Sylvania or Perrysburg doesn't have better cops, just less poor people to deal with. If for some reason property values fell we would see how great that police force was out there, cause they said the same thing about the Slyvanias of Detroit (Allen Park, Lincoln Park, Southgate), which are now facing the same problems with crime that that Detroit is. Criminals need someone to rob, poor people don't have nice stuff, never forget that.
Hoeckeyfan is a 110% correct because cops can not be everywhere, they can't even be somewhere sometimes. I don't know when the fallacy of cops being personal bodyguards and street enforcers came into play? They are for public safety not personal safety, that's YOUR problem.
I'm not a police basher, I know it's not an easy job (unless you get to have seizures and shoot your friends). The hope is their presence patrolling neighborhoods keeps the criminal element to less then a boil. The problem is their is no teeth in the law and the common criminal picked up for victimizing your neighborhood is going to back on the street in less than 24 hours and now he is pissed off (snitches get stitches). How can you expect cops to be successful when the law has abandoned them and middle class families.
I know several people (and have thought about it myself) who are very close to just walking away from their Old Library Village or West End homes because of the crime. Your property value isn't coming back, you job isn't coming back, and if your neighborhood becomes a shooting gallery are you going to stay? You gonna drop 700 - 800 dollars on re-doing the landscaping in your front yard to see your sidewalk outlined in chalk?
Growing up I watched the slow death of a city I love in Detroit. It's got the water way, existing manufacturing capacity, a cheap labor force, major airports and transit all the things Toledo is now putting on it's resume but the crime is what really killed the city. Crime is THE ECONOMY stupid. When middle class families (like mom2) leave because they don't want to get shot at, they take their money with them, leaving those who can't escape with the tax burden, meaning taxes go up driving more people who can afford to leave out. You think a Fortune 500 company is going to drop shop in a war zone? Really think about it, Detroit has everything you could ever want to start a business and they can't give land away! Above all else personal safety is key, it's drives everything else.
It goes so much further than a couple of black kids shooting at each other on the North End...