Innocence Lost in the Valley?

By: Laura Speakman
By: Laura Speakman

With the problems with gangs, the two incidents in Downtown Harrisonburg this week and the growing meth problem in the Valley, are we losing our innocence and our way of life? Regardless, it's stirred up many different emotions.

"It's been a bigger issue than it ever has been," says Jason Ramsey, Harrisonburg resident.

"No, I don't feel safe. I have to get out early to go to work, and it's uh, it's scary," says Wanda Stover, Harrisonburg resident.

"I haven't noticed much and I live out in Weyers Cave, so it's not that big of a deal cause it's out in the middle of nowhere," says Rich MacDonald, Weyers Cave resident.

Times are changing across the Valley. But according to Harrisonburg Police Chief Donald Harper, people should be more aware than concerned about the recent events.

"It does bother me, but we really start raising our eyebrows looking closely if it's a continuous thing over a period of time," says Chief Harper.

Harper says the actual crime rate has gone down, but the calls for service calls have gone up. He believes it's only natural this happens.

"The more people you have, the more potential for crime there is," said Cheif Harper.

He also says you can make a difference.

Volunteering information and time can help police continue to keep the Valley as safe as possible.


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