Not more than 2 hours ago my mom and I were taking a nice leizurely sunday drive through a Beautiful CITY PARK (Garret Mountain Park, West Paterson NJ)where you would NEVER suspect anything could be wrong.
When two cars stopped blocking the one lane road in and out with literally a mile of traffic behind us I honked my horn. When I did, 3 skells jumped out and attacked us. 2 were women that went right after my mother, when I put myself between them to seperate them and try to keep things civilized a fully grown man came up behind me and sucker punched me in the head a few times. All becuase I tried to PREVENT a fight. I probably need stitches now. Meanwhile the mile of traffic behind us did nothing but watch.
After I seperated evereyone, and defused the situation. I had all the MOTIVATION IN THE WORLD to GET THE HELL OUT of these neighborhoods.
So!Do you slowly see your neighborhoods going downhill? Is crime picking up in your neighborhood? It could be something as small as a stolen bike or bigwheel. That's how it starts believe me I've seen it happen more than once.
DON'T WAIT till it happens to you too! Make REI work for you! GET OUT while you can, while your home is still worth something. Before you and/or your family are put in danger.
If only I could remember I put a post up on the forums.