I live in the San Marco area of Jacksonville. It’s a nice neighborhood and one of my favorite things to do is take a walk on the Riverwalk located across from my condo. I’m becoming too fearful to do that anymore.
This past week, we have seen crime flowing rapidly through our neighborhood. It’s sad and it’s scary. Especially because our Mayor and the JSO have stated that crime is down – even though perception says it isn’t.
Well perception is what matters and it appears — in at least my neighborhood alone – crime is up.
Just a few days ago, a friend of a friend was eating dinner at Bistro Aix. I love that restaurant and it is not far from my condo. I eat there a lot. The friend was attending a birthday party and he left for a few minutes for the men’s room. When he came out of the stall, he was viciously attacked by a mugger. Someone had come inside the restaurant and waited for his prey in the men’s room. Scary.
And then last week, a man was shot riding a bicycle nearby. He was killed.
And…an armed robbery occurred at 11:00 in the morning at a neighborhood bank.
There isn’t a neighborhood in Jacksonville that is safe from crime. It’s all around us.
If you want to know what your neighborhood looks like regarding crime, check out this website. Put your neighborhood in and it will give you up to date statistics: https://spotcrime.com/fl/jacksonville
Jacksonville is growing and crime is growing with her. Your job is to be aware of your surroundings; don’t think you are safe in your neighborhood; and report anything that seems suspicious to local authorities.