For many cities, the impact of the fiscal crisis hits home when city services are cut. For some cities, cuts to their police departments have had drastic effects on the community. There was a story over at the New York Times that looked at just how bad things are getting for San Bernadino, California.
After violent crime had dropped steadily for years, the homicide rate shot up more than 50 percent in 2012 as a shrinking police force struggled to keep order in a city long troubled by street gangs that have migrated from Los Angeles, 60 miles to the west.
“Lock your doors and load your guns,” the city attorney, James F. Penman, said he routinely told worried residents asking how they can protect themselves.
This is one of the prices that cities often pay for falling into bankruptcy: the police force is cut, crime skyrockets and residents are left trying to ensure their own safety.