Regarding recent crime reports:
Unsettling? Yes Cause for fear? No
The best advice we can offer in light of recent violence and criminal behavior in Gresham is this: Resist the temptation to draw conclusions that the city has experienced a sudden eruption of lawlessness.
We agree the concentrated incidents of the last week have been unsettling.
• Two women, one of them 84 years old, were attacked Wednesday, July 27, without provocation in broad daylight at the Cleveland MAX station.
• A 21-year old man was stabbed Tuesday, July 26, during a fight at the Gresham Skate Park at Main City Park.
• There was that alarming rape report on Monday, July 25, where a woman said she'd been attacked in the parking lot at Gresham Station. (Gresham Police reported Friday that the rape report had been fabricated, which is disturbing because of the false impression it gave people around the region about the safety of Gresham Station.)
• Also on July 25, police discovered a meth lab inside a Gresham apartment.
• And on Sunday, July 24, armed robbers made off with an undisclosed amount of cash from a hotel on 181st Avenue.
It's enough to make anyone a little jittery. But we should all bear in mind that the man involved in the MAX attacks was a transient who recently arrived in this area. The stabbing was the result of an argument that led to a fight. The rape report was phony. Drugs are a problem everywhere - and Gresham is no different. And the robbery, well, it is what it is.
We agree with Gresham Police Chief Craig Junginger's conclusions that random acts of crime and violence are going to happen from time to time. It just happened that these events were concentrated into one week.
While we caution against jumping to conclusions, we also think it's reasonable to recommend constant diligence at paying attention to your surroundings, wherever you are. But, at the same, diligence is required on the part of city officials to continually look for ways to diminish crime.