Washington D.C. crime a growing epidemic

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Washington, D.C., has endured a significant increase in crime in recent years, which has a ripple effect beyond the criminal acts in the district, harming the quality of life and well-being of the residents and tourists in the nation’s capital.

With violent crime up 40% in the past year and all crime up 28% in that same time, people and businesses are fleeing the district as the “random” crime wave continues. Beyond the immediate effects of crime — people losing their sense of safety, possessions, or their lives — the wave has put achieving the American dream in jeopardy for thousands of people.

“You can’t have the American dream if you have high crime, and the reason is because you can’t do anything,” Gabr⁠i⁠el Nadales, the director of Our America and a former antifa activist, said in an interview with the Washington Examiner. “If you are too afraid to leave your house, whether it is go to work or go out and go to the park, go buy a new car because somehow you’re going to be afraid that somebody’s going to steal your car, which is unfortunately a problem throughout the country.”

Nadales said that with higher crime, businesses either have to invest in more security, which can be costly and increase prices in their stores, or close down, as has happened in several major cities, including Washington, D.C.

Read more at Washingtonexaminer.com

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