Residents Of Boston Crime Hot Spots Feel Trapped


In a high-crime area of Boston’s Dorchester neighborhood, many three children are not allowed to play outside, go near the windows, or sit on the porch, the Boston Globe says. When they hear the crackle of gunfire, which is nearly every day and night, the children are trained to hit the floor — fast. “Even on my front porch I fear for my life because people driving by are shooting at each other in broad daylight,” said one resident. she said. If I could find affordable housing I would move, far, far away from here. But I feel like I’m trapped. I’m forced to live in this place.”

Boston’s five “hot spot” areas have accounted for about one-quarter of this year’s fatal shootings and about 40 percent of nonfatal shootings. Some residents say police aren’t doing enough. “How is it that you have a police station right there,” said one man, pointing to a district station. “There is all this drug activity and guns happening right here, right here across the street from them,” he said. “Where are they? What are they doing?” Another man said about local drug dealing: “The police can be here all day and all night. But as soon as they leave — that’s what people wait for.”


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