SLO is truly Camelot
January 12, 2016
OPINION by ALLAN COOPER
Welcome to San Luis Obispo, the “happy city of denial” where city officials, the Downtown Association and the police department annually produce self-congratulatory crime reports.
Just the other day, the city informs us that DUI’s aren’t really going up. There are merely more cops on the beat.
Last year we heard that rapes aren’t going up all that much either. That’s because the FBI has changed its definition of “rape.”
We’ve heard that assaults aren’t going up because what is being reported are aggravated assaults, not the record number of non-aggravated assaults.
Finally we learned that alcohol related crimes “appeared” to be going up but that’s only because of the increasing effectiveness of the Safe Nightlife Association and it’s better reporting mechanisms.
Okay, fine. Crime in San Luis Obispo isn’t escalating as it appears to be. We are now forced to conclude that the crime picture here in “happy town” must have been pretty terrible to begin with. Because San Luis Obispo falls in the lowest decile of safe cities in America (SLO is rated nine in a crime index with 100 being the safest). And no denial or rationalization can explain this fact away.
Alan Cooper, a long-time San Luis Obispo resident, is the secretary of Save Our Downtown.
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