|Why is the crime rate
in New York City as low as that of Provo, Utah? Perhaps it
all comes back to Vigilance, and driving Fear, Intimidation and
Complacency outside the city limits. But what about the
Parents of Vigilance? Have they reduced the crimes of creating
Fear, Intimidation and Complacency in our children? You be
17, 2002—Ground Zero Plus 461
Murder, Rape & Terrorism Flees Big Apple In Face Of Vigilance
Editor, New York City Combat Correspondent News
|GROUND ZERO, New York City, Dec. 17-- Who
would have thought New York City would be as safe as Provo, Utah or
Rancho Cucamonga, California. Yup. That's the facts,
Jack... the truth, Ruth.
surrounding Provo, Utah
Vigilance can chase Terrorism
down the streets and out of the neighborhood.
But it can take a while.
Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly
attributes the reduction of crime in New York City to ten years of
Vigilance. The result--in terms of crimes per 100,000
population, New York City (population 8,023,018) ranked 197th of 216
cities with populations of at least 100,000. The Big Apple
sits squarely between Provo (pop. 106,891) and Rancho Cucamonga (pop.
For a city the size of New York to
undertake a Plan of Vigilance resulting in shifting its violence and
Terrorism into the lowest gear possible is indeed a tribute to the
Parents of Vigilance who want their children protected.
There was a time in New York City history when parents needed armed
guards to keep their children safe going to and from school, and a
squad of Special Forces Rangers to help them walk down the sidewalks
without being mugged. But times change when the Big Stick
of Vigilance is wielded.
New York City Police
Commissioner Kelly isn't being seduced by the low numbers.
He's keeping a Vigilant Eye on them, and striving to lower them
further. "You can never rest and accept a number as a
floor," he said in reference to the statistics released by the F.B.I.
that showed New York's overall crime rate is the lowest among the 25
largest cities in the country. "You have to do everything you
can, with the resources you have available, to continue to drive it
Vigilant Eyes open
In my book, that's the Eye of
Vigilance driving the Hand of Vigilance. Keeping an eye on the
future of the children's children's children keeps the Beast of Terror
The F.B.I. report noted that murder, often
considered the bellwether of crime, is at an all-time low for New York
City. The Big Apple is now ranked 107th among the largest
American cities, with 270 murders, or a rate of 3.4 murders per
100,000 people. New Orleans, ranked second highest in the
nation, has 114 murders or 23.5 per 100,000, the report noted.
Spokane, Washington is ranked 81st, with 9 murders or 4.5 per 100,000.
New York's police force of 38,000 has
something to do with the lowering crime rate. Over the
past decade a sweeping effort was made starting with Mayor Rudy
Giuliani to make the streets safe. It started out with
little things like riding the streets to prevent people
attacking windshields with dirty rags, and washing them whether
drivers wanted them to or not. Drivers in those days were
Terrorized and gave a buck just to not have their windows smashed.
Forty-Second Street was cleaned up, and
where the armpit of humanity was once nationally headquartered, Mayor
Rudy drove out the crime and replaced the bad seeds with Walt Disney
stores and a fresh new safe environment that doesn't require armed
guards to make it safely from a cab to a theater.
Commissioner Kelly has prodded the
momentum. He bulldogs the principles of keeping drugs and
guns off the streets, and herding the most recidivist criminals to
jail without stopping Go or collecting $200.
Nine Eleven has helped boost the awareness
of law enforcement in New York City, and reminded the criminal element
of the public's support behind the "men and women in blue."
Terrorism, fed by Fear, Intimidation and
Complacency, often spikes when public confidence in its Sentinels of
Vigilance drop. The more society enjoins Complacency, the
wider the door swings open to the Beast of Terror, and all his
children. The more Vigilant it evolves, the harder the
Whether New York City can maintain
its low crime in the face of severe budget cuts and a rocky economy is
up for grabs, but Police Commissioner Kelly is optimistic.
"We just keep the pressure on," he said, "and eye on the target."
Eagles' Eye of Vigilance on target
Terrorism is all
about keeping an Eye of Vigilance on the target. Whether the
crime is murder, rape, drug abuse or child abuse, a society of
Vigilant people can form a Circle of Vigilance that makes it hard for
the "bad guy" to break.
I wish the F.B.I. kept
Emotional Terrorism statistics as diligently as they do Physical
Terrorism data. I wonder how many children in New York
City are going to bed at night not worried about whether their parents
are arguing and fighting, or worrying about whether they are loved?
How many citizens of New York
look in the mirror these days and instead of seeing a "loser," or a
"victim of circumstances" that make them "less than others" in their
own eyes, are standing prouder these days? I wonder how many of
them are calling on the Sentinels of Vigilance to bolster their
self-image that they are equal to rather than less than the other
person who appears to have "more than they," or were "luckier than
they" in their lot in life?
Emotional Terrorism is a far
more insidious crime against humanity than murder, rape, burglary or
drugs. Emotional Terrorism robs a person of his or her
self worth and tends to create anger and resentments that are taken
out on children and society.
A parent who snaps at a
child: "Don't bother me," or grabs the child violently and
threatens it, isn't much different than a mugger sticking a gun in
someone's face and threatening them with violence if they don't cough
up the wallet and watch.
The Big Apple has 1.1 million school
children. I wonder how many parents give their kids a big
fat hug in the morning and wish them a great day, and when they return
from school they are met by the parents or guardian and given "quality
time" about their day, asked what they learned, and reminded that the
parent is as concerned about the child's life as the child is.
Complacency in parenting
leads to Terrorism in the child. When parents take their
eye off the Bulls Eye of Vigilance, the child ends up cowering in the
corner, fearful it isn't loved or cared for, and becomes ripe for the
Beast of Terror's claws to sink into its vulnerable soul.
I hope the Vigilance Statistics
would run parallel with the crime reduction ones.
Hopefully, the drop in crime is a result of parents teaching children
that they are loved and cared for, and the respect for them is
exampled by providing a world much safer than it was before--both
physically and emotionally.
I would like to think that
every parent in New York City has on his or her refrigerator the
Pledge of Vigilance. And, that daily he or she glances at
it, and retakes the Vow of Vigilance to replace Fear with Courage,
Intimidation with Conviction and Right Actions in the slot where
Complacency once nursed its children.
If that's the case, then Police
Commissioner Kelly has far more than 38,000 Sentinels of Vigilance
working to help him keep crime down. He's got a whole city
committed to Vigilance.
Dec. 16--Kindergarten Terrorism
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