For the past 5 years, I’ve lived in DC.  When I moved there, or when I go back, people from home (rural ut) almost always bring up the crime, and how they would be scare there.  The fact was, that I saw more illegal drugs etc in Vernal, UT than I’ve witnessed in DC.  I’ve never felt unsafe in DC except for once when I was up in a sketchy neighborhood, and even then a stranger saw me, and started talking to me until I got to the metro station.  My regular commute is through an area that has been considered crime-free for years.  However, about 6 months ago a couple of tourists were stabbed by a homeless man about 2 blocks from my regular metro station.  In May, several tourists were mugged in the evening on the Mall and the town (and commuters) were shocked.  Crime like this happens in SouthEast or parts of North East (DC is divided into 4 quadrants-North East, South East, North West, and South West), not on the National Mall in NorthWest, and definitely not to tourists.  Fast forward to this month, there’s been 14 murders in DC so far this month, in all quadrants.  On Tuesday night 6 tourists were robbed on the mall, and one woman was sexually assaulted.  The talk of the town is the crime rate, and people are nervous.  The unwritten rules about DC and crime are changing, and no one is sure what the new ones are.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/07/12/AR2006071201228.html?sub=AR 

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