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Former State Rep Calls for Private Security on East Side

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

 

Former State Representative -- and former Deputy Secretary of State -- Ray Rickman is advocating for East Side residents to get additional private security to patrol the neighborhoods, following reports that Blackstone area residents had begun looking into the option in the wake of recent crimes. 

Rickman, who has been a resident of the East Side for years, took the city to task for reporting that crime numbers year-over-year are down, when concerns were at an all-time high. 

"I find it unacceptable that the crime rate is 10% less than last year and for some reason we should be happy," said Rickman. "There are 40,000 of us who are constantly fearful we're going to be be robbed. You worry about your safety. This level of crime is unacceptable, and [the city's] bragging it's less than a crime wave last year.  This is not a PR job...they should be reporting the facts."

"What is needed is a review of how to deal with this," continued Rickman. "Since we have resources on the East Side, we should personally assist ourselves [with private security] and I think we should could get it as cheap as $30 to $40 per person a year for the months we use it....maybe this just a first step."

Rickman said that the underlying issues need to be addressed to make any progress in combatting the existing crime. 

"I'm telling you, we'll know who these kids are -- and they're criminals and they housebreak -- but we need to ask why.  Are they doing it for tennis shoes?  Are they doing it for a drug habit?  You don't do this many breaks unless you have some kind of problem...let's find out what it," said Rickman.
 

 

Related Slideshow: Crime on College Campuses in RI: 2011-2013

The following information on campus crime comes from the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool with the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education for four-year colleges in Rhode Island.  The main campus was used for colleges with multiple locations listed. 

This data collection is required by the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act and the Higher Education Opportunity Act.

Also listed for each school are the number of disciplinary actions taken for gun, alcohol, and drug violations.  

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Brown

Enrollment: 8,943

Amount of Criminal Offenses (2011-2013)

Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter: 0

Sex offenses - Forcible: 44

Robbery: 4

Aggravated assault: 2

Burglary: 116

Motor vehicle theft: 1

Arson: 0

Source: Institution Data from U.S. Department of Education

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Brown

Enrollment: 8,943

Disciplinary Actions, On-Campus (2011-2013)

Weapons (carrying, possessing): 14

Drug Abuse Violations: 67

Liquor Law Violations: 153

Source: Institution Data from U.S. Department of Education

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Bryant

Enrollment: 3,454

Amount of Criminal Offenses (2011-2013)

Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter: 0

Sex offenses - Forcible: 20

Robbery: 0

Aggravated assault: 0

Burglary: 9

Motor vehicle theft: 0

Arson: 1

Source: Institution Data from U.S. Department of Education

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Bryant

Enrollment: 3,454

Disciplinary Actions, On-Campus (2011-2013)

Weapons (carrying, possessing): 1

Drug Abuse Violations: 214

Liquor Law Violations: 1,266

Source: Institution Data from U.S. Department of Education

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Johnson and Wales

Enrollment: 10,369

Amount of Criminal Offenses (2011-2013)

Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter: 0

Sex offenses - Forcible: 12

Robbery: 7

Aggravated assault: 8 

Burglary: 10

Motor vehicle theft: 4

Arson: 3

Source: Institution Data from U.S. Department of Education

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Johnson and Wales

Enrollment: 10,369

Disciplinary Actions, On-Campus (2011-2013)

Weapons (carrying, possessing): 4

Drug Abuse Violations: 181

Liquor Law Violations: 663

Source: Institution Data from U.S. Department of Education

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Providence College

Enrollment:  4,665

Amount of Criminal Offenses (2011-2013)

Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter: 0 

Sex offenses - Forcible: 7

Robbery: 1

Aggravated assault: 0

Burglary: 16

Motor vehicle theft: 1

Arson: 0

Source: Institution Data from U.S. Department of Education

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Providence College

Enrollment:  4,665

Disciplinary Actions, On-Campus (2011-2013)

Weapons (carrying, possessing): 0 

Drug Abuse Violations: 274

Liquor Law Violations: 1,152

Source: Institution Data from U.S. Department of Education

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Rhode Island College

Enrollment: 8,700

Amount of Criminal Offenses (2011-2013)

Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter: 0

Sex offenses - Forcible: 2

Robbery: 0

Aggravated assault: 0

Burglary: 10

Motor vehicle theft:  9

Arson: 1

Source: Institution Data from U.S. Department of Education

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Rhode Island College

Enrollment: 8,700

Disciplinary Actions, On-Campus (2011-2013)

Weapons (carrying, possessing): 1

Drug Abuse Violations: 84

Liquor Law Violations: 144

Source: Institution Data from U.S. Department of Education

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RISD

Enrollment: 2,420

Amount of Criminal Offenses (2011-2013)

Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter: 0

Sex offenses - Forcible: 3

Robbery: 1

Aggravated assault: 2

Burglary: 6

Motor vehicle theft: 3

Arson: 1

Source: Institution Data from U.S. Department of Education

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RISD

Enrollment: 2,420

Disciplinary Actions, On-Campus (2011-2013)

Weapons (carrying, possessing): 5

Drug Abuse Violations: 112

Liquor Law Violations: 149

Source: Institution Data from U.S. Department of Education

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Roger Williams University

Enrollment: 4,732

Amount of Criminal Offenses (2011-2013)

Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter: 0

Sex offenses - Forcible: 25

Robbery: 0

Aggravated assault: 3

Burglary: 14

Motor vehicle theft:  0

Arson: 0

Source: Institution Data from U.S. Department of Education

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Roger Williams University

Enrollment: 4,732

Disciplinary Actions, On-Campus (2011-2013)

Weapons (carrying, possessing): 6

Drug Abuse Violations: 219

Liquor Law Violations: 1,032

Source: Institution Data from U.S. Department of Education

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Salve Regina

Enrollment: 2,603

Amount of Criminal Offenses (2011-2013)

Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter: 0

Sex offenses - Forcible: 6

Robbery: 0

Aggravated assault: 3

Burglary: 5

Motor vehicle theft: 0

Arson: 0

Source: Institution Data from U.S. Department of Education

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Salve Regina

Enrollment: 2,603

Disciplinary Actions, On-Campus (2011-2013)

Weapons (carrying, possessing): 1

Drug Abuse Violations: 54

Liquor Law Violations: 645

Source: Institution Data from U.S. Department of Education

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URI

Enrollment: 16,387

Amount of Criminal Offenses (2011-2013)

Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter: 0

Sex offenses - Forcible:  34

Sex offense - Non-forcible: 1

Robbery: 4

Aggravated assault: 6

Burglary: 160

Motor vehicle theft: 7

Arson: 2

Source: Institution Data from U.S. Department of Education

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URI

Enrollment: 16,387

Disciplinary Actions, On-Campus (2011-2013)

Weapons (carrying, possessing): 15

Drug Abuse Violations: 543

Liquor Law Violations: 1,910

Source: Institution Data from U.S. Department of Education

 
 

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