Homeowners have increasingly taken to opening fire on criminals instead of waiting around for law enforcement.
A recent Detroit incident, however, did not end well when an 88 year old man opened fire on a news crew after he’d mistaken them for crooks. The man had previously been lured to the front door of his home by two women claiming to be in need of help, but when the elderly man went to the door, male robbers rushed in.
After a crew from WXYZ arrived at the man’s home to interview him, he fired a gun at them, believing he was being set up for a second time.
“I think he was traumatized; he got beat up pretty good,” Assistant Police Chief Steve Dolunt said, according to DetroitNews.com. “When the second reporter went onto his porch, he may have thought she was the woman who had tricked him, and he probably thought he was defending himself.”
Either way, there is no denying that the crime rate in Detroit has dropped, with “37 percent fewer robberies in 2014 than during the same period last year, 22 percent fewer break-ins of businesses and homes”, DetroitNews reports. Chief Craig says the sharp drop is due at least partly to citizens who are arming themselves against criminals.
“Criminals are getting the message that good Detroiters are armed and will use that weapon,” said Craig. “I don’t want to take away from the good work our investigators are doing, but I think part of the drop in crime, and robberies in particular, is because criminals are thinking twice that citizens could be armed.”
Craig concluded: “I can’t say what specific percentage is caused by this, but there’s no question in my mind it has had an effect.”