UPDATE: When I spoke to Galveston’s Mayor and Police Chief on Monday, they both questioned the data contained in the report. They also say that Galveston police records show that crime has decreased significantly on the Island in the two years since Hurricane Ike.
Some of the residents along Church Street were surprised to hear their neighborhood made the list, but they also had a different take on the reasons why crime is dropping.
Most said that Hurricane Ike destroyed homes and businesses on their section of Church Street. They said many of the “troublemakers and riff raff ” were forced to move away and that has made their neighborhood safer.
A new list that says it’s based on police reports and FBI crime stats, paints a not so flattering image of one Galveston neighborhood.
The neighborhood surrounding Church Street is on the list with the “highest predicted rates of violent crime in America.”
I’ve called Galveston and will get reaction from Mayor Joe Jaworski and the police chief later today.
In the meantime, what do you think?