Mich. -- Many people know Flint, Michigan as the home
of General Motors and the birthplace of filmmaker Michael Moore.
But did you know that Flint also has a large crime problem?
Although the records may show that crime is on a slight decline,
it is still higher than in most cities. Some websites are selling
t-shirts that say Flint is ranked number two for violent crime
in the U.S. Flint is consistenly ranked in the top five for
high crime in the nation. Police need to get a handle on the
there were 35 murders, 91 rapes, 721 robberies, 1,629 aggrivated
assaults, 3,336 burglaries, 2,765 larcenies, 936 auto thefts
and 163 reported cases of arson, according to the Flint Police
website. Althrough the number of aggrivated assaults, arsons
and larcenies, are down slightly, all other forms of crime are
up in the city.
say the reason for Flint's high crime is due to the lack of
jobs and the closing of factories by the big three automakers.
That is no excuse to let it happen. Maybe Flint needs to pool
resources with other cities in Genesee County or call in the
county sheriffs to help lower the crime.
News people are not supposed to become part of the story. Unfortunately,
I was caught in an unlikely situation. I recently attended a
country music concert at The Whiting Auditorium in Flint. The
concert was great and I really congratulate the staff for their
hospitality. However, when I returned to my vehicle, I learned
that my Garmin GPS device was stolen. The doors to my car were
unlocked. Some of the items in my back seat were all spread
out in different places. It looked like someone was searching
for an item of value to take with them.
I happened to notice a 40-year-old man or woman who was riding
their bike through the parking lot. I am not sure if this is
the correct person who stole my GPS or not. The individual was
riding an old-fashioned one-speed bike and was carrying a white
grocery bag that read "Thank You." The individual
was Caucasian, wearing blue pajamas, a hat, eyeglasses and had
I filed a police report with the Flint Police. I had to wake
up the officer who was sleeping inside his cruiser on the job!
He said another person had an item stolen from the same parking
lot. I noticed another person needed a jump start at the end
of the concert. Police said the venue does not have surveillance
cameras. I would recommend that all businesses in the Flint
area invest in them. As one of the highest crime-filled cities
in the country, it will definitely pay for itself in the long
to an article on MLive.com, the city of Flint recently
hired six new officers. But where are they???
When visiting the city of Flint, do not bring anything valuable
with you. It could get stolen. Wear a bulletproof vest if you
a response to this article, we received this e-mail from
the Whiting Auditorium:
so sorry to hear that happened to you. Unfortunately,
we are in the city and as with any other city, we encourage
you to lock your doors and stow your valuables from sight.
We are a non-profit organization, and we are indeed trying
to get funding for cameras. We also do have the Mott Security
and UM-Flint Security vehicles patrol the parking lot
before, during and after the show.
read your article and you stated the officer was asleep,
which in completely unacceptable, and we are looking into
the situation. I can tell you that I've been parking in
that lot for over 5 years and have never had an incident,
but like I said, this could happen anywhere. It's just
an unfortunate thing to happen, you were my guest and
I'm sorry this has happened to you. I hope it will not
discourage you from coming to our venue in the future,
The Whiting is a wonderful place to visit and we do offer
great entertainment options for our community."