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With an Increase in Carjackings, Is Rochester Still Safe to Drive?

Tuesday, November 9th, 2021

There is some unfortunate news regarding driving in Rochester, New York. The police and media have reported an increase in carjackings, and if you’re a driver you know that’s trouble. Carjackers are often armed, violent, and desperate to get away from the scene of a crime, making the situation very volatile if you’re unprepared or choose to fight back. Even though carjackings are on the rise, there is evidence that suggests that it’s still safe to drive in Rochester, so long as you know what you’re doing.

Police Intervention Helps

The Sentencing Project has revealed research to show a 500% increase in inmates over the last 40 years. Though there is an overall decrease in crime, more people are going to jail, and among the criminal population are carjackers. Fortunately, police can work in a number of ways to catch these criminals. From setting up roadblocks to preparing stings, generally, the police can zone in on an area where there are repeated carjackings and get in front of the problem. Should a carjacking occur, there is also a risk of subsequent carjacking, as criminals try desperately to flee? The good news is, because of the carjackings, there will be no shortage of police patrolling the streets. Unlike in the movies, police pursuits often end with the suspect dead or apprehended, so if you see an increased police presence in Rochester, it may mean you are safer driving than you would without them around.

Staying Safe While Driving

Check to see where you are on the road at all times. If you slip into a dark street, be alert for pedestrians coming closer to your vehicle. Many cars nowadays have a security feature that locks vehicle doors automatically. Even without this feature, you never want to find yourself at a traffic light with your passenger or driver’s side doors unlocked. Also, it’s in your best interests to drive safely so you don’t attract the attention of criminals. Sometimes, criminals will see dangerous driving as a sign that you’re the perfect target to pick on. For that reason, it’s best to obey the rules and stick to the law while you’re driving. An important fact is that Americans report spending 87 minutes a day on average in their cars, but a median of only one hour. The more time you have to spend in your car in Rochester, the more effort you’ll have to put into staying safe.

Be Vigilant and Report Suspicious Activity

Work with the public to fight back by reporting suspicious behavior. There will be times in Rochester when you see strangers lurking, people hiding their actions, and people clearly engaged in criminal activity. It may be tempting to ignore this activity, but all you’re doing is increasing the chances that someone else might be victimized by a crime. With all the carjackings taking place, the more vigilant you are, the more likely others will follow suit. For carjackings, police helicopters are often used when concerned citizens report upcoming changes regarding suspicious activity to the police. The U.S. has five times more heliports than any other country. That means there are always opportunities for law enforcement units to get in the air and search as long as citizens are forthcoming with information. Take pride in your community and report suspicious activity to the police. In doing so, you may be saving another person from a violent carjacking in Rochester.

Police may be reporting an increase in carjackings, but you can still drive safely in Rochester if you take the time to drive safely and report suspicious activity to the police. Part of fighting back against these carjackings requires many citizens to work together and talk about what they’re seeing in the community. No matter where you go in the United States, you’re sure to find a community affected by crime. But as long as people take safety precautions, they’ll at least be able to get around Rochester, New York safely without too much of a hassle.

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Are Electric Cars Worth It?

Monday, July 15th, 2019

By Samson Weinberg

Day by day, technology grows. Back in 2016, there were over 3.5 billion internet users. Over just three years, that number has increased to 4.33 billion. Not only is technological growth shown in internet usage, but in vehicles as well. In recent years, more and more consumer electric vehicles have been introduced and developed. With more than two dozen models now commercially available, some 800,000 Americans have made the switch to driving electric. These unique vehicles will supposedly help reduce fossil fuel consumption and curb carbon emissions over time. Keep in mind, if you plan on going off-roading, you’re going to need certain tires. There are four main types of off-road tires: all-terrain, mud-terrain, snow/winter, and sand. However, is this really the case? What are the benefits of driving electric? Like any vehicle choice, electric cars come with a series of pros and cons.

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A Beautiful Day for a Change

Friday, September 26th, 2014

A bike parked outside the Village Gate, Rochester NY.
By Mike Governale

I’m generally a pretty happy person, but this time of year I’ve noticed my spirit has a tendency to drop a few pegs. Probably has something to do with the shorter days or whatever. Who knows. Anyway, it occurs to me that I’m not alone. There are LOTS of unhappy people out there. If you drive on the highways and byways of greater Rochester, you’ll get to meet many of them.

This week I foolishly let myself get drawn into not one, but two ugly squabbles. The first was with a driver who sped up to catch me from behind (in the right lane mind you) and then refused to let me merge when our two lanes became one. So, like a bozo, I whaled on my horn for a while and shook my fist in the air at the guy to make sure he saw me in his rear view mirror…

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