Police officers have been telling me privately that they’re seeing a measurable decrease in crime over the past year, and today the DC Examiner tells us that those anecdotal reports are now backed up by official statistics. While Fairfax County sees their crime rate increasing, Prince William County saw a 22% drop in crime in one year. County Chairman Corey Stewart attributes this change to the crackdown on illegal immigration which is about the only explanation that would plausibly explain the differential between Fairfax County, where crime has increased, and Prince William County.
From The Examiner:
Prince William’s homicides declined by 43.8 percent, from 16 to nine, the incidence of rape increased by 33.3 percent, from 21 to 28, robberies declined by 22.5 percent, from 351 to 272, and aggravated assault declined by 18.2 percent, from 379 to 310, said the study released last week.
“That’s a huge reduction in crime in and of itself,” Stewart said.
Fairfax County’s overall crime rate increased by 6 percent from 2006 to 2007, and the county’s violent crime rate increased by 4 percent over the same period.
Stewart also said that the hiring of more police officers helped contribute to the declining crime rate.
Prince William’s overall crime rate — the number of crimes per 1,000 residents — dropped from 21.6 in 2006 to 19.8 in 2007, down from 24.5 in 2004 and 22.8 in 2005.
Some year-to-date crimes against people for 2008 have also declined from last year’s numbers through the same time period.
There have been 1,102 total assaults through May of this year, compared with 1,170 through the same time period for 2007. There have been 86 felony assaults in 2008, down from 153 in 2007, and robberies are down to 78 in 2008 from 103 in 2007.
Those statistics only reflect a change that started in the late June-early July timeframe when the Rule of Law Resolution was introduced and initially adopted, through October when the law enforcement component of the Rule of Law Resolution was approved. The actual enforcement provisions didn’t go into effect until March of 2008, when is when the exodus of illegal aliens in Prince William County really picked up. This reduction in the crime rate happened when we started talking about what we would do, before we actually even started doing it. The partial statistics for 2008 continue this positive momentum, and hopefully we will see that continue to make 2008 one of the safest years in recent Prince William County history, even while we face tougher economic times that would otherwise make the crime rate increase according to conventional wisdom.
As Corey Stewart noted on WTOP this afternoon, it’s not much of a surprise that folks who broke the law as their first act when they came to the United States would continue to violate the law, and once they left, crime would drop. Once the Adult Detention Center started identifying who their inmates were, county officials were shocked to discover that over 20% of the jail population were illegal aliens. The Virginia State Police estimates that 80-90% of the membership in MS-13 are illegal aliens. Illegal aliens were responsible for five of the nine murders in Prince William County in 2007. The four year old girl in Prince William County raped in her home on the 9500 block of Lomond Drive this summer this March, and the ten year old girl raped in her home on Allegany Drive about a quarter mile away in May are but two recent examples of a thoroughly outrageous level of the most inexcusable crimes one could imagine. All the evidence seems to indicate that illegal aliens are a significant and troubling public safety problem.
Cultural factors such as lower ages for consent (the age of consent in much of Mexico is 12 years old) and “machismo” culture might explain why unassimilated foreign nationals with a casual regard for the law might be such a siignificant cause for grave concern.
In Operation Predator sweeps across the country conducted between 2003-2007, Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents nabbed over 10,700 foreign national child molesters. Many of these predators had been previously convicted of other crimes, and many had already been deported once. The number predators apprehended in the sweeps actually only represent the tip of the iceberg.
In fact, a study conducted by the Violent Crimes Institute reports that between 1999 and 2006, there were nearly 1,000,000 sex crimes committed in the United States by illegal aliens.
Using U.S. Department of Justice, Immigration, as well as state and local law enforcement data, Deborah Schurman-Kauflin of the Violent Crimes Institute determined that there are no less than 240,000 illegal alien sex offenders currently inside the U.S.
One of these unusual cultural practices is known as “rapto”, where someone would abduct and rape a woman, and then evade prosecution by marrying the victim and paying the victim’s family a token sum for their trouble.
The crime of kidnapping a woman for the purpose of rape and marriage against their will, or “rapto” as it is known in Mexico is actually a minor crime and rarely ever prosecuted. A Mexican legislator actually called the practice “romantic.” Of course, this crime if committed in the United States would elicit felony charges and a penalty of 20 years to life in prison.
While rape is a serious crime in the United States, many Mexican nationals cannot understand why they are prosecuted on this side of the border. Often, a small payment of $10 to $20 to the victim’s family will settle the matter back in Mexico.
In many ways it is immaterial whether illegal aliens are more crime-prone than any other demographic segment. Every crime committed by an illegal alien is 100% preventable, if only law enforcement would do its job of getting and keeping illegal aliens out of our country in the first place. Sadly, it would seem that illegal aliens are in fact a great crime risk, and are responsible for a level of crime in our society far out of proportion to their numbers. While American citizens commit crimes as well, it’s not like we have so little crime in Prince William County that we need to import illegal aliens to help us plus up these numbers, and plus them up they most certainly do.
Fewer illegal aliens, less crime. We’re proving that point here in Prince William, and other jurisdictions might want to consider following suit so they can enjoy the same results.
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