There is just too much bad stuff happening around Prince William County recently. We have a mother on trial for killing her adopted, handicapped daughter and a man on death row for killing and raping a teenage girl. We also have had a home invasion that resulted in a mother and son’s death. We have had drive-by shootings and car jackings. This is all serious crime. While there have always been horrendous crimes in PWC and the cities, at least while I have lived here, they were few and far between back in the good old days.
Recent events in the past couple of days are very troubling and could touch each and every one of us. A man in a van has attempted to grab and abduct 2 different teenage girls. Both of the girls were blonde. No one really knows if that is a common denominator or not but the residents of Wellington are understandably upset and nervous. His sketch is in News and Messenger.
The other end of the county is also plagued with crime. A Lake Ridge man and his girlfriend were walking their dog when they were accosted, roughed up, held at gunpoint and robbed by 3 men wearing ski masks. It was 9:30 at night! That is barely dark. Lake Ridge! Residents have responded to both incidents very vocally. One letter in the comments section of News and Messenter was especially pointed. It was written by a teenager.
Here is knuxlight’s contribution:
Hearing this honestly drops a large rock into my stomach. I’ve lived in lake ridge all but 2 years of my life, and those 2 years it was in Dale City (so you can see the obvious comparison) Lake Ridge use to be a quiet innocent place, people always friendly, neighborhood parties and BBQ’s and now look at it. It’s turning into a slum where people have to walk their dogs and jog carrying pistols! I may be still a teen, but still, this is the place where our kids are possibly going to grow up one say. To the man and the woman held up, my prayers go out to you all.
What ever happened to the neighborhood watch? We see those signs out everywhere, but a sign can only do so much. It takes acting upon such things that keep people safe and prevent people from being harmed. We only seem to care about this sort of thing when it happens, all concerned about the situation, and always coming up with idea’s to fix the problem, but then weeks later the problem is forgotten about, and people go about their merry way until it happens again. Then we are all back to square one. We need to start establishing neighborhood watches and seriously doing something about this. It’s not just about the now, it’s about now and the future. Please people, don’t just blame the economy and the illegals with this, because it’s not all their faults, we’ve let our guard down around here, and we’re beginning to suffer for it. Time to turn Lake Ridge around again.
It seems to me that it is time to turn Prince William County and the cities around again. Good for Knuxlight for stepping up to the plate. More young people should get involved. Here is a person trying to help the problem rather than trying to add to the problem.
Is there a great deal more serious crime now than there was even 2 or 3 years ago? How do we take back our county from those who seem to want to turn it into the place of urban crime? How do we add police officers with our current economic situation? What can we as individuals do to help get this crime rate down in the county and the city?