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I have some issues with the article published on August 02 in the LaGrange Daily News entitled “A Safe Place to Live.”

First of all, LaGrange did not rank as the 50th safest city in Georgia out of 622 cities as the article and LaGrange’s Public Safety Director, Lou Dekmar, would have you believe. I cannot tell where LaGrange actually ranked; I can only say that based upon the info on the Movoto website, LaGrange ranked somewhere between 51st and 73rd, if at all.

Only 73 cities were surveyed, not 622. I honestly do not know if LaGrange was one of the 73 cities surveyed. I have tried repeatedly to contact Movoto with no luck. You can verify this for yourself at this website: http://www.movoto.com/blog/real-estate-and-more/safest-places-in-georgia/#channel=f16d3b29ea5fa49&origin=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.movoto.com. Had the author only read the article on the website that she posted, she would have seen for herself that what I state is true. Of the cities surveyed, LaGrange fell into the bottom 30 percentile at best as opposed to the top 8 percentile that the Public Safety Chief would like to have you believe. Surely Mr. Dekmar knows exactly where LaGrange ranks among all the Georgia cities. But why let truth and facts stand in the way of a great, albeit fabricated, news article?

Mr. Dekmar went on to state that DASH, Circles of Troup County, city parks, and United Way are some of the reasons why LaGrange’s crime rate continues to decline. Can he prove that DASH, Circles, parks, and United Way have reduced crime in LaGrange? I say emphatically that he cannot do so. He has no tangible facts to backup such an unfounded claim.

Mr. Dekmar goes on to state that, “If you’re not involved in drugs, gangs, or in an abusive relationship, your chance of being involved in violent crime is very low.” I again do not believe that he has the facts and data to backup such a statement. He implies that the murder victim and the rape victim are either doing drugs, or are gang members, or are in abusive relationships.

I believe that if LaGrange would hire primarily individuals who were actually born and raised in LaGrange as police officers, and if our city council would stop allowing Mr. Dekmar to moonlight out of town, we would see a much greater reduction in our crime rate and perhaps someday actually see LaGrange become one of the top 50 safest cities in Georgia. Currently, contrary to what Mr. Dekmar would have you believe, LaGrange is not the 50th safest city in Georgia.

Tommy Callaway


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