Turns out cities are safest places to live

Whether you live in rural areas or the city, you’re much less likely to die from a gunshot wound — either from someone else or self-inflicted — than you are in a simple accident. Especially car crashes, which make up the bulk of unintentional injury deaths — motor-vehicle-injury-related deaths occurred at a rate that is more than 1.4 times higher than the next leading cause of death. […]

But guns — whether used accidentally or with intent — are much less likely to be the cause of death than another tool: cars. And people drive more, drive longer, drive faster and drive drunker in rural areas than in urban ones, where they can walk or take public transit.

We’re living the dream; we just don’t realize it

The one positive social trend that did generate a significant amount of coverage — the extraordinary drop in the U.S. crime rate since the mid-’90s — seems to have been roundly ignored by the general public. The violent crime rate (crimes per thousand people) dropped from 51 to 15 between 1995 and 2010, truly one of the most inspiring stories of societal progress in our lifetime. And yet according to a series of Gallup polls conducted over the past 10 years, more than two-thirds of Americans believe that crime has been getting worse, year after year.

Downtown Cincinnati ‘a safe place to be’

A new Enquirer article shows that Downtown Cincinnati is safer than many of the surrounding suburbs.

In an unscientific poll online, the Enquirer asked, “Did this story change your views on downtown safety?” Forty-seven percent answered, “No, I still don’t feel safe.”

What this shows is that 47% of Cincinnati.com visitors are the type of people who will not let pesky “facts” get in the way of their opinions.

At approximately 3:00 AM on October 3, two students were confronted by two subjects. One of the suspects grabbed one of the students in what was described as a ‘bear hug,’ took the student’s wallet, threw it on the ground and walked away. The other subject stated, ‘Just kidding,’ and also walked away. No weapons were shown and no property was taken.

An actual public safety email I received this morning