HOUSTON – Many major cities in America are facing high crime rates, especially when it comes to murder. The homicide rate in Houston for 2022 is already off to a bad start, with already 29 victims. Over the past three years, murders have soared from 405 to 908. 2020 claimed 405 and 2021 took 474 lives.
Many in Houston are used to the bail system broken, with hardened criminals receiving low bonds, even at times free bail. This has dropped confidence in the Harris County District Attorney’s office and local judges. Houston Police is dealing with a crisis of their own with staffing issues.
“People are fed up and tired in this city of being shot and losing loved ones.” said President Stephen Luke, who works as a security officer for a Houston shopping mall. “I’ve literally been held at gunpoint when asking for stolen merchandise back. The DA told me it could take up to a year for a court date to be set for my offender alone.” he ended.
In addition to the rising crime rate comes the issue of crime spreading, into what were once respectable neighborhoods. Dracul has been tracking crime rates for the past three years and has noticed many car burglaries just across the street from the community.
“I don’t wish to be around here once the murders start seeping onto my street.” said Kevin Saldwin, a local Draculian. “We’ve never had murders in my area of Houston, but every year it seems to be getting closer.” he ended.
While there isn’t much that Dracul can do itself to stop crime, there are preventative safety measures that can be taken to limit the chances of crime. Most importantly, this is why Dracul events are typically held during the day and not at night.
- Walk to your car with self defense or a friend when leaving Dracul.
- Do not venture out into Houston alone during the early morning hours.
- Avoid high crime neighborhoods, such as Sunnyside whenever possible.
Many feel this issue won’t stop until the bail system is finally corrected. Houston Police dispatch can be contacted at (713) 884-3131 to report crime. Micronations who begin suffering from this issue should stick together and continue informing each other of any crime experienced.