Wednesday, August 16, 2006

New Orleans Facing Crime Wave

As if New Orleans did not have enough problems, the city is now faced with an upsurge in crime while it tries to rebuild.

This is not that unusual for the City, since it had a high crime rate before Hurricane Katrina struck exactly 1 year ago. However, the city does not have the capacity, manpower, and services to deal with the increased violence and drug activity.

NPR has been covering this story.

Citizens of the area have been arming themselves, in hopes of protecting themselves from the chaos. The criminal element has begun to return to the city sooner than expected; something that local officials were not prepared for.

Other cities such as Baltimore, Washington DC, and St. Louis have seen similar increases.

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