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16 Year Old Boy Robbed At Gunpoint-My Anaheim Neighborhood Not As Safe As It Once Was

Updated on June 3, 2011

Bike Stolen At Busy Intersection At 4 pm-No Witnesses

4:00 pm on a Tuesday afternoon, a sixteen year old young man makes his way home from the park where he and a few friends met to ride their bicycles. When he reaches the corner of Brookhurst and Lincoln, a very busy intersection especially at 4pm, he is stopped by a large Hispanic man. In front of everyone in their cars, pedestrians on the street, and in front of a small strip mall, this man flashes a gun and pushes the young man off of his bike. In a matter of seconds he is riding away and nobody even attempts to stop him. It was as if he had just given it to him as a gift. The young man, in shock from what had just happened, walked home in a daze. When he arrived a few minutes later, he told his parents of the incident. The police were called and did an investigation but the man was not found.

Now I know this young man personally and he is a good kid who minds his own business and who doesn't deserve to live in a community where people just flash a gun and get what they want. That's not the type of place Anaheim, CA is supposed to be and it can't be the type of place it is headed for. Or has it already gotten there?

Other recent events tell me that it may be too late. With the local economy in the toilet, home prices fell very quickly in my neighborhood and all surrounding areas. This led many people into thinking they needed to sell their homes for whatever they could and take the money and run. The cheaper home prices began to attract people who would not normally be able to buy a home in our area. And here's a funny coincidence, ever since then, crime in my neighborhood is on the rise. I have personally been robbed twice in the past three months. One morning I came out of my house to go to work and found my truck to be missing the tailgate. And just a few weeks later, I had a bicycle stolen right out of my garage. I shouldn't have to deal with this stuff in the middle of Anaheim, California! This place used to be safe and secure!

I'm Mad As Hell And I Don't Care Who Knows About It!

By now you can guess that I'm pretty pissed off about the whole thing. But here's the problem, there's not a damn thing I can do about it. I'm stuck in this hell hole of a city! This city I used to love and was proud to live in. I'm talking about a place that felt so safe that in the past 20 years I haven't moved more than four blocks from my previous residence. I truly loved this area and the neighbors around me were my friends. Now, I can't even feel safe walking at night without some kind of weapon. It's crazy to think that when I was a young man growing up here, my brother and I would stay out until 9 or 10 o'clock and not be scared. I can't even do that now and I'm 44 years old.

As I said earlier, I'm kind of stuck here. And there are a few reasons why that is. The first one being that my home isn't worth what I owe on it so I would take a bath if I tried to sell it. But even if I decided to do a short sale, and believe me the thought has crossed my mind, but even if I could get out, where would I go? It's not any better anywhere in southern California. My wife and I have to keep our jobs so we have to be in the vicinity. And so we stay. Trapped in a city that is imploding around us. A city where if you go a mile down the street, you see the local drug dealer pedaling his crap at the bus stop. But nobody does anything about it. A city where you don't dare leave your garage open because that means it's fair game for anyone to enter and take what they want. A city where graffiti is painted on the sidewalks of our neighborhoods to show who's turf it is. A city that has more homeless on street corners and in church parking lots than ever before. A city that has become the Mickey Mouse city of the state. All hail the Mouse! That's a Disney joke in case you didn't notice. Yes our friends at Disneyland don't care. They have made a nice resort environment around themselves so people don't have to deal with the real world.

I guess what I'm trying to accomplish with this Hub is to warn the people of Anaheim to be on their guards. Don't take anything for granted. Lock your homes and secure your personal belongings.  Evidently you can't have anything too nice or it will be taken from you.  Watch your children and always know where they are and what they are doing. If you can take them to and pick them up from their destination at least you will know when they are safe. Warn them about how things are changing and how to deal with certain situations they may get caught in. Much like the young man in the beginning of the story. As much as he wanted to fight back, he resisted, gave up his bike and is alive to tell the story. I hate to admit it but the bad guys are winning. They have more guns, more balls and less to lose so if they get caught. It's the law abiding people who are losing, though. We're losing our city. And until someone has the balls to stand up to what everyone knows is the problem, it's only going to get worse.


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      Jim Batuyong 8 years ago from Anaheim, CA

      Thank you very much for your insight to this growing problem. And you are right, it is very sad to see what is going on. Disney has put up this beautiful front with everything so pretty around their area but the further you get away from Disneyland the more you see the neglect from the city. I hope they can change things but I fear my time in Anaheim is limited. It's just not what it used to be. Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment D.

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      8 years ago

      I grew up in the Anaheim and even taught there for several years before moving far far away. My parents still live there, where their neighborhood is full of fellow homeowners of 20-35 years who want to get their neighborhood back to the way it was (safe!). They expressed their desire to protect their neighborhood and the city at large to the mayor and city council. The mayor lives in the neighborhood. They were told that several new changes would be made to ensure safety. The meeting took place many months ago & nothing has been done. You're right. It's all about the Disney image & that's IT. It is so sad to see what's happened to our beloved Anaheim. Even people who want to do positive things to help, are pushed aside.