There has been many small stories in these pages containing incidents that have occurred in a small southern Ks town, called Arkansas City.
I’ve also skipped a great many of those available. Simply because I didn’t want to pick on the place and spread bad things too far.
The city has a curious history. It seems to lose more often then it gains. Which is itself a curious observation as to lose it must have gained, in the first place, that which it lost.
Like, it lost the State mental hospital (and its corresponding jobs) when the bottom money was cut off. Where did the patients go? Many stayed
The city lost the Cessna Airplane business when the bottom fell out of the small aircraft business. And those corresponding jobs.
It lost several bids for gambling businesses to OK, and it did not get the recent casino KS allowed in that area.
And now its reputation is under attack and that seems to bother people. I do get a feeling of not liking the place each time I drive through, and I don’t linger.
An article recently published on Roadsnacks.net has stirred up some local residents.
The article claims that Arkansas City ranks number 8 on a list of the 10 most dangerous cities in Kansas.
It claims that residents have a 1 in 140 chance of being raped, attacked or killed.
“That means if you’re traveling along Route 166 near the Oklahoma state line, you should remain vigil,” the article states.
“The south side of Arkansas City can be a real mess, when you look at the number of violent crimes that are happening here each year. And, unlike many of the cities we talked about earlier, it’s getting much worse.”
If there was a year unavailable, only the current year was considered.
“The result was that 2013 data is 2 times more important than 2012 and 6 times more important than 2011 in our calculation. Finally, we ranked each city based on their violent crime per capita and property crime per capita and took average of the two ranks,” the author said.
The comments from the residents may be seen:
Not having stats available to me, but reading local papers and reports on a daily basis, I’m, personally, inclined to agree with the articles writer.
From the reaches,