By Rhejean King-Johnson |Staff Writer|
Chances of becoming a victim of crime in this city is 1 out of 85 people, while your chances in California are 1 out of 252 people, according to the Neighborhood Scout.
With the amount of homicide victims within the last two years and the rising violence in their streets, residents are now more concerned about their safety.
The city had about 25 homicide victims since the start of the year, according to The Sun.
“The violence makes me feel uncomfortable knowing that this is my home and I can’t go anywhere without looking over my shoulder, especially at night,” said student Brianna Harris-Phillips.
San Bernardino is more dangerous compared to nearby cities such as Highland, Rialto, Colton and Fontana, according to City-Data.com.
“Police and those who work closely with homicides, share a general vision of what it will take to stop the waves of violence,” according to The Sun.
Many CSUSB students and campus residents are still in fear from the Dec. 2, 2015 terrorist incident.
“I was shocked with the San Bernardino attack because I was able to see helicopters and police lights from where I live, it was so close to home,” said student Kathleen Rameriz.
The homicide rates were not recognized until the 2015 terrorist attack.
It’s not every day a mass shooting breaks out here in San Bernardino, but it left a large amount of people aware of the danger and the on-going crime rates.
There are definitely areas that are worse than others but people should be aware of what’s going on in the city they live in or in the area of their school.
“I feel safe here at CSUSB, but I think it just depends on where you live,” said professor Alexis Norris.
Campus residents and students are pleased with the amount of patrols and police security measures that have been put into place.
Many people feel closer to danger but are still able to feel safe.
“Since I was here at school during the Dec. shooting, I noticed the police security increased so I’m not too worried about my safety,” said Rameriz.
Residents feel that the city is changing negatively and it’s becoming more dangerous from what they hear on the news.
The mayor of San Bernardino, R. Carey Davis, has seen the number of victims fluctuate throughout the years but is coming up with a plan to increase security measures to keep residents safe, according to the LA Times.
“I don’t think people were aware of the danger here before the San Bernardino shooting,” said Harris- Phillips.
David Garcia, a lifelong San Bernardino Resident, has hope for steps of change but understands it make take time, according to the LA Times.
“I think things are going to get better, but just like our city took decades to get into the conditions it’s in today, it’s not an overnight thing,” said Garcia.