Solutions for making our city safer

William T

William T. Robinson, Jr.

Nashville may be the ‘It City,’ but it is quickly becoming one of the highest cities concerning homicides. It is common that with rapid growth in major growing cities, crime often results. Residents of Nashville should know what can be done to alleviate this rise in crime to make this city safer.

We are also concerned that visitors (leading to considerable revenue from numerous entertainment venues) feel safe and comfortable while visiting or vacationing in our city. We want our guests to be in a friendly and inviting atmosphere, prompting them to tell their friends about Nashville’s hospitality and making visitors excited about coming back.

Making Nashville safer will take a collaborative effort on everyone’s part. We must all make it a priority to identify or eliminate the negative elements that are preying on our city. This means that we must be more cognizant and vigilant of unsavory and illicit activities taking place in our surroundings. Suspicious activities in our neighborhoods need to be reported if you feel threaten. We need to know our neighbors and be watchful of their homes and property as well as our own.

As a city, we need to provide more opportunities to provide jobs offering a decent living wage. It is a known fact that abject poverty breeds crime.We must work at making housing, education, and other amenities more equitable.

The churches can be more effective by offering safe havens for young children to indulge in sports, academic and game activities while providing much needed adult supervision as well as mentors. Programs promoting morality and humanity should be administered.

Many fraternities and sororities are already onboard in schools as mentors and as active contributors to providing needed food and clothing as well as uplifting programs in many disadvantaged communities. Everyone’s help is warranted. Our youth must be engaged in positive activities remembering the adage: ‘An idle mind is the devil’s workshop.’

Our children should feel safe and not intimidated by negative peers involved in gangs or gang related activities. In fact, if we did our jobs effectively, we should be able to eliminate the presence of gangs in our communities. If you have problematic youth or gangbangers in your neighborhood they should be identified so they can get the proper guidance or counseling. Intervention and preventive measures are key components to eradication of crime in our neighborhoods.

While many predominately Black neighborhoods historically have a problem trusting and relating to the law enforcement agencies, this relationship must change. This endeavor will take effort and collaboration on the part of the community and law enforcement agencies. African Americans must realize that all law enforcement agents are not bad, and law enforcement agencies must make a better effort in understanding people of color. This is a much-needed change necessary for combating crime in so many neighborhoods.

Regardless of how you may feel about guns, law-abiding citizens may want to get a gun permit and invest in a gun course, including practice at a shooting range, so they don’t have to be prisoners to criminals who you can bet have a gun. Unfortunately, this may sound radical to many take in account the real world we are living in today.

While many predominantly Black communities have a ‘no snitch’ policywhen it comes to helping the police, it must be understood that unsavory andcrime ridden inhabitants are using this unwritten policy to wreak havoc in our neighborhoods. Make no mistake, these violators are not friends to our community. The guilty are destroying families by selling drugs, involvement in home and car robberies, aggravated assaults, and even murder. Many do not feel protected in so many neighborhoods. When we allow these violators to feel safe and protected in our neighborhoods, we are complicit with their crimes. But we wonder why some neighborhoods are inundated with crime.

We need to wake up and take back our neighborhoods and stop falling for the ‘okey-doke.’ We must turn around the slogan ‘snitchers get stitches’ and replace it with ‘snitchers live in safer and better neighborhoods.’ Drop a dime, tell, and scream—whatever it takes to take back your neighborhoods.

You should be able to inform the proper authorities with a citywide phone number offering you anonymity. Citizens must feel safe and protected, knowing they can hinder or deter crime by offering helpful and preventive information.

As it stands now, many crimes (especially murders) are unsolved, because people fear coming forward telling what they know. Let’s stop letting the criminals win and make our city safer. We owe it to ourselves, especially our children. Let’s work together to feel protected and make this the safe city we want and deserve.