The Out-of-Towners

Ramsey's record worries this former D.C. reporter.

By Jonathan York
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Murder certainly dropped, but the figures for overall violent crime are not so favorable. In response to questions from The Washington Post, D.C. Police revised their 2006 statistics to show a 9 percent increase in violent crime. They'd claimed a decrease till that point. Where assaults and robberies were concerned, the District had become a less safe place.

That made sense to residents. Most people I knew in D.C. had been mugged, intimidated or followed. Downtown policing did nothing to keep men with guns off dark residential streets like my own.

As a new arrival in Philly, I already have trouble feeling safe at the corner near my house where drug deals go down, or in the subway station where a large man grabbed me and demanded money. From what I know of Ramsey, I'm not about to feel any safer.

Jonathan York covered crime for The Washington Times and The Washington City Paper. Comments on this story can be sent to

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