Phoenix Is A Great Place To Be A Criminal
Gangs In Arizona
Crime is an unfortunate reality in Arizona, particularly in Phoenix. With Phoenix as the capitol city of Arizona, its best export to surrounding cities are its criminals.
There are no shortage of gangs to choose from, if you’re looking for some like-minded friends. The more popular brands are the Arizona Aryan Brotherhood (they hate anyone not white), Border Brothers (if you’re into Aztec tattoos), “Old” Mexican Mafia, “New” Mexican Mafia (a newer, fresher mafia), Grandel (Glendale’s favorite gang flavor), Mau Mau (an African American club), Warrior Society (let’s not forget Native Americans like gangs, too) and Dine Pride (Another Native American gang, probably created so Warrior Society would have someone to hate).
But wait, there’s more! If you’re a female looking for “homies”, Arizona offers La Raza. Are you into motorcycles? If so, there are The Hell’s Angels…but, you must have a Harley Davidson to join! Hell’s Angels must, of course, have an arch enemy and that would be The Mongols. If you’re an admirer of the Nazi German Socialist Nationalist Party and wish Hitler would have prevailed, the Nazi Low Riders is the group for you! Nazi Low Riders are an affiliate of the Aryan Brotherhood, because hating fellow whites just doesn’t make sense to them I guess.
Keep in mind, the above gangs are mostly prison gangs that thrive behind bars. However, when they get out they continue their loyalties and carry out crimes for their cohorts still behind bars.
Comparing Phoenix To Other Larger Cities
There are two great websites offering valuable data on cities. I utilize these websites to learn more about areas of the country I’m looking into moving to. The first is city-data.com, which is very comprehensive and thorough. The downside to city-data.com is its complicated way of displaying city information (all one ONE page). The other website is areavibes.com, and its data is easier to read thanks to good design work. For the purpose of this article, I utilized the latter website.
Although crime in Phoenix is prevalent, there actually are worse cities such as Detroit and Miami. The Arizona state government and the local media do a good job of minimizing widespread crime. It is important for their Chamber of Commerce to show the lush golf courses, the sunset photos and the nice restaurants. What they don’t tell you is the likelihood of you becoming a victim of a crime.
If you found this article by mistake and really want to know what they consider “great” about Phoenix, here is the Chamber of Commerce website for your viewing pleasure if you are only interested in the so-called positives to living here. Better yet, here is the Arizona Tourism website so you can see all the great things Phoenix has to offer.
Ok, now that we got rid of those people, let’s move on…
With the tools provided on areavibes.com, I did some comparative research on crime in Phoenix and compared it to Los Angeles and New York City.
Phoenix vs. Los Angeles
Los Angeles has more violent crime than Phoenix, with the exception of rape. Yes, you are more likely to get raped in Phoenix than in Los Angeles. Phoenix leads Los Angeles in property crimes such as burglary, theft and vehicle theft. Living in Los Angeles, you are 21.3% less likely to have your car stolen than here in Phoenix. Overall, areavibes.com says Los Angeles is 34% less dangerous than Phoenix.
Phoenix vs. New York City
NYC has to be more crime-ridden than Phoenix, right? Well, that’s what I thought until I looked at these numbers. Phoenix beat out NYC on all the major reported crimes, with the exception of assault. Phoenix beat NYC when it comes to murder, rape, theft, burglary and vehicle theft.
In Phoenix compared to NYC, you are 26.6% more likely to be murdered, 69.7% more likely to be raped, 5.9% more likely to be robbed, 78.1% more likely to be burglarized, 46% more likely to have something stolen from you and a whopping 79% more likely to have your vehicle stolen. Overall, New York City is 51.8% safer than Phoenix.
Which cities do you want to compare? Check out other crime comparisons on the Area Vibes website. Although there are definitely more dangerous cities than Phoenix, it is shocking to see how much more dangerous it is than Los Angeles and New York City! No, I’m not promoting any websites here, it really is a great tool that I use.
As a resident of the metropolitan Phoenix area, I can say you don’t see much “random” violence against innocent bystanders. Violent crimes are usually caused by gang rivalries, drug deals gone bad or even domestic violence. Please watch for a future article on the growing drug problem in Arizona.
As a normal, everyday citizen you are most likely to be a victim of a property crime. You would think burglars normally stalk around at night, but in reality most burglaries happen during the day when people aren’t home. The daytime burglaries can start with a knock on the door to see if anyone’s home. If they get an answer at the door, they use some bull crap line about needing to use your phone or something like that. Some of these situations have even turned into home invasions.
Auto theft is HUGE here, and if you have your vehicle stolen you will most likely never see it again. Stolen vehicles are normally taken onto the nearby Indian Reservations, which are considered sovereign nations of their own. Some stolen vehicles are also taken to Mexico. Many people don’t realize just how close we are to Mexico! Phoenix is closer to Mexico than any other major city, beach or forest.
The best advice I can give if you’re stuck living here like me is to do all you can to prevent these crimes happening to you. The crime WILL happen, it just depends on who the victim will be. Don’t be an easy target. Keep your doors and windows locked on your house. ALWAYS lock your car and NEVER leave valuable items inside (iPod, purse, shopping bags, etc).
The #1 method of preventing crime is BEING AWARE OF Y OUR SURROUNDINGS! The problem with people in Arizona is they are not neighborly or friendly and do NOT want to engage in eye contact or conversation! Yes, there will be an article about the people here but I’m getting off track! Anyway, when you’re out in public look at what’s around you. Watch the people, let them know you’re watching. A criminal will pounce on the person who walks staring at the ground over the person who is alert of their surroundings. The alert people always make better witnesses, and criminals don’t want witnesses.