So Bob's market was robbed at knife point about two weeks ago, not a mention of it anywhere. Two nights ago, West Wyoming Market, same exact thing. A little over a month ago a guy was robbed on the melrose side of Banks Pl by Oak Grove. How the hell is there no talk of any of this in our local papers? Is keeping property values high more important than public safety? And our Police Department still lies 23% undermanned in a growing Boston Metro city. Lets see if Brodeur has the wits about him to correct this years long mistake.
Go ahead and swoon over the charlatan/realtor view of Melrose if that helps you sleep at night, but don't think you can sell that to those of us who have been paying close attention and looking deeper than the superficial crap of which you are obviously enamored.
This is what happens when the public sits silent.
I don't think it's the city actually "holding the stats back". That would imply they are holding them back from the FBI reports, which would be illegal, but I do think there have been incidents that have not been reported in the media because the city/realtors don't want them publicized, and the media have been threatened with losing access at city hall if they don't go along. That's a practice that started with Dolan. Every time a reporter has done any real investigative work, they've been mysteriously "reassigned". Anyone with half a brain knows all the hype about how wonderful Melrose is is just that - hype, and not a lot of substance.
Fire Department just as bad...crumbling buildings (likely harboring asbestos), vehicles constantly breaking down, EMS division with no Director....
Look, it's pretty simple. Schools get votes. Public safety does not. Dolan knew that and spent years catering only to the schools, while letting public safety and dpw go right down the toilet. Add that to the fact that the pd on several occasions called him out on his bull$hit, and then he would retaliate (police study, overtime abuse accusations, not filling vacancies. He hated the pd and he was vicious and nasty when crossed, even when he was wrong. He made it personal. And here we are.
And according to the Capital Improvement Program report, a Public Safety Building is number 7 on the list of 14 urgently needed projects released today by Brodeur.
What's number 6? Library renovations.
And here we go again.
The city just pretends crime doesn’t exist here.