Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Do we have a gang problem in Central Florida?

This information from the Florida Dept. of Corrections would seem to suggest that we do.

2 Comments:

At 8:16 PM, Blogger scrotum2 said...

Of course there are gangs in Central Florida. I moved here in 1991, and worked in Research Park near UCF. They had just replaced the wooden bridge over the Econ river, going North on Alafaya Trail (rt 434) ,with a brand new cement bridge... to accomodate the growth in the blooming citrus farming town of Oviedo. I think it was 1993 they noticed possible gang activity in Oviedo, but hushed it up because Central Florida was a theme park, family oriented area. Couldn't be here they said, must be a mistake. Can't frighten the tourists off... Than home invasions started around 1994, never heard of a home invasion in Central Florida, before that. Now it's a nightly event. Including murders and car jackings. Bank robberies used to be a seasonal problem, now that is year round. Now you drive South on 436, east on 50 and gang signs are painted on buildings and walls all over town. Nobody else notices this? NYC the subway cars, and trains are painted up like Linx buses with gang signs. Just wait until we get the light rail. Do you think families relocating over the past 10 years, left their gang member siblings in NYC, San Juan, Chicago, Los Angeles, Detroit, etc. because they were moving to happy land Orlando to enjoy the theme parks and the family friendly atmosphere? It is time we admit this town has the same problem as NYC, Philadelphia, Detroit, Chicago, and stop hiding behind the happy land family friendly image. Deal with the gang problem in the schools. You have single mothers with 6, 7, 10 kids, claiming they are perfect parents, and know where and what their children are doing, because they talk to them on the cell phone. They don't even understand they are the problem. Where are all the dads? In Mexico, or somewhere earning money, to send back to the family in Orlando? We need to put warnings up at the airports, and on taxi cabs, etc. warning the tourists that Orlando has crime problems like any other cosmopoliton US city. Watch your back, beware, and be safe. Mickey and Minnie can't protect you from human predators.

 
At 11:21 AM, Blogger scrotum2 said...

Yes - especially #2

Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.0.1) -

1. a group or band: A gang of boys gathered around the winning pitcher.

2. a group of youngsters or adolescents who associate closely, often exclusively, for social reasons, esp. such a group engaging in delinquent behavior.

3. a group of people with compatible tastes or mutual interests who gather together for social reasons: I'm throwing a party for the gang I bowl with.

4. a group of persons working together; squad; shift: a gang of laborers.

5. a group of persons associated for some criminal or other antisocial purpose: a gang of thieves.

6. a set of tools, electronic components or circuits, oars, etc., arranged to work together or simultaneously.

 

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