Pottstown had a murder this week. Based on information found in the newspaper, the home is owned by a company in Exton. Enough said.
I have been quiet about crime lately because I feel it falls on deaf ears. However, if we think people don’t investigate crime rates before deciding to relocate to a specific community we would be naïve. That goes for business as well. We keep talking about how Pottstown is going to revitalize but it’s not happening. A great big problem aka the elephant in the room is the crime rate and the horrible reputation this community has in the outside world. Yes, life does exist beyond the borough lines and people do pay attention to what happens here. An UGG BOOTS ban in the Pottstown Middle School made the national news.
Pottstown’s crime rate went up drastically between 2009 and 2010. Our city-data.com score rose from 456.6 to 535.6. The U.S. average is 319.1. Pottstown’s crime rate is significantly higher (BAD). As a matter of fact, it was higher than many of the largest cities in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 2010. Yes, you read that correctly!
City Population Crime Index
Allentown, PA 118,032 (2010) City-Data Crime Index – 476.5 (2010)
Bethlehem, PA 74,982 (2010) City-Data Crime Index – 236.1 (2010)
Lancaster, PA 59,433 (2010) City-Data Crime Index – 519.4 (2010)
York, PA 44,718 (2010) City-Data Crime Index – 582.4 (2010)
Scranton, PA 76,089 (2010) City-Data Crime Index – 275.4 (2010)
Philadelphia, PA 1,526,006 (2010) City-Data Crime Index – 567.7 (2010)
Pittsburgh, PA 305,704 (2010) City-Data Crime Index – 411.3 (2010)
Erie, PA 101,786 (2010) City-Data Crime Index – 347.4 (2010)
Reading, PA 88,082 (2010) City-Data Crime Index – 548.3 (2010)
Harrisburg, PA 49,528 (2010) City-Data Crime Index – 721.6 (2010)
POTTSTOWN, PA 22,377 (2010) City-Data Crime Index – 535.6 (2010)
I find this evidence both appalling and disgraceful. Pottstown was the 74th largest municipality in Pennsylvania as of the 2010 census. We should not have higher crime than six of the major cities in this state. We are below Philadelphia and Reading, but not by much! Harrisburg is evidently in a class by itself!
My point being, this information is very easy to find. Millions of people use sites like City-data.com to research communities before moving to or investing in them. So borough leadership, what exactly is the game plan to correct Pottstown’s out of control crime problem? Ignoring the problem is not a solution!
Somebody better get a clue, like yesterday!