Sorry for this rant.
I make it home yesterday after making a trip to Lowes to pick up some extra dirt to level out the rear yard to find my garage door wide open and my window busted out. It seems some crack-head decided he needed my lawn mower more than I did so now I am screwed.
I nailed some boards up to cover the now windowless window and went to call the police. I am told I have to file a report at the station. On my way over to the station I thought "what if I didn't have a car or was a senior? how would I do this?"
I've been toying with the idea of selling my home and moving to a safe suburb for the last couple of months. My 95 year old grandmother was the only one left in the old neighborhood that I remember, and she died at the begining of April. I bought here primarilly because my old relatives all lived in the area and wanted to be close-by to help them maintain independance. I have no reason to stay around any longer. The problem is the economy, it will take months to sell this house, even though it is in good repair. I don't want to leave the City proper, but I can't stay any longer, it is no longer safe to be where I live and I can't afford the higher end neighborhoods and would like some assurance that the police would show up when called. I am not going to leave this neighborhood for one that is worse.
Now I am going to be on the hook for a new window and the cost of a lawn mower. My deducible is kept high because I live in the City and that is the only way to keep insurance affordable.
Why do Cities make it so hard for those who are committed to stay to do so?