Juneau is plenty safe with a low crime rate

Letter to the editor

Posted: Sunday, April 18, 2004

I am writing in response to Celita Scarborough's letter to the editor in Monday's paper. Her letter stated that Juneau's crime kept her from traveling here this summer with her granddaughter. I read this and I thought it to be absolutely ridiculous. I have lived in Juneau for 19 years, and not once during those years have I felt unsafe. I have traveled to the "wonderful" crime-free state of Oklahoma, and the assurance of well-being walking down the street was not felt as it is here. If you are going to look at crime rates and never travel anywhere that has ever had an unsolved murder, then you might as well stay in your house and lock yourself in a closet.

I am sorry for the loss of Maggie Wigen, but remember that there is crime in any city, in any state. However, if you do a simple search on the Internet it will justify what Juneauites already know, that Juneau is one of the safest places in the country and has a much lower crime rate than the national average.

Ernie Brent


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