The town of Jersey City is known for its problems with crime. According to NJ.com, “an upstairs neighbor came to the rescue of a couple in Jersey City Saturday night when a man police suspect was high on PCP forced his way into the couple’s apartment, according to police reports.” This story has made many people in my area feel unsafe.
The Events Surrounding the News Story
The incident occurred during the evening. And an elderly couple was attacked in their home by an intruder. Luckily, a fellow tenant had heard the woman screaming after he had taken off his headphones and went to the couple’s aid. The woman had been knocked down and her husband had been hit by the male intruder. The tenant stood between the couple to try to protect them from the man that was assaulting them. The intruder then left the apartment and officers later arrested him afterwards near the building. He was charged by the police with the crimes of burglary and aggravated assault.
Area Reaction to This Story
Many people became afraid when they heard about this story. Most people think of their homes as a safe haven so when attacks happen, people will often take extra measures to feel safer. In my area, people have been more active about making sure their neighbors are okay. I witnessed a few people installing motion activated lights near their driveways so that they know when someone is coming near their homes. We have also discussed forming a neighborhood watch to patrol our neighborhood as crimes like this can happen to anyone at any time.
My Reaction to This Story
I am a wife and mother, so naturally this story resonated with me. I feel that because of the tough economy that crime will increase in my area. Many people are turning to crime because they are using drugs. This intruder was very violent with the elderly couple and the outcome could have been much worse if their neighbor had not been courageous enough to step in and help them. I am going to replace my locks on my doors and install kick plates on them to reinforce them. I think this can help in instances where an intruder suddenly tries to break into a home. I will also try to be more in touch with my neighbors so that if anything happens to them, I can alert the proper authorities.