After reading the article "Police seeking Pit Stop robber," I'm very concerned for the city of Amsterdam. The article described the robbery at a gas station in the city and how an employee was sprayed with an unknown substance and assaulted. Not only am I sympathetic for the worker having to experience an incident such as this, but also, it's evident even in the last year that crime has been more frequent and of greater extremes in the Amsterdam area.
Arthur Cleveland, author of the story, states in the article, "Tuesday's incident was the fourth gas station robbery in Amsterdam this year." Although that fact may not seem too outlandish, other incidents have occurred in 2012 alone that have caused for major concern: murder accounts, such as one in September resulting in the death of a couple, a fatal shooting in April and also the July incident of the double teen murder. In addition, a rape charge in June, two separate drug arrests, both in the month of August, and several other theft cases have been reported.
The officials, police force and citizens of the city of Amsterdam, in my opinion, need to start taking further action to reduce the frequent occurrences of crime in the area. It's understandable that bad things will happen anywhere at any time, and not all situations can be stopped before they become bad, or even fatal. But the amount of assistance and supervision needs to increase in times of need, and it seems as though the city might be reaching that time.
My hometown is within close reach of the city of Amsterdam, so these problems are relevant to my life. It's unsettling to consider that this amount of crime could potentially spread to surrounding areas. I get a sense of security while being home and would hate to lose that someday.