Letter to the Editor: Lindsay is safer than many realize

Dear Editor,

The other day I was talking with someone from Porterville about coming to Lindsay to see a concert at the Lindsay Community Theater. His response to me was startling. He said, “I’m not going to Lindsay. I don’t want to get shot.” Having lived in Lindsay for almost 50 years, I could not understand what he was talking about, so I asked him. He replied that Lindsay was a dangerous place where people get shot all the time. I told him he was wrong, but he just laughed and said, “yeah, right.”

The more I thought about that brief encounter, the more upset I became. Where do people get the notion that Lindsay is a dangerous, lawless, street-gang-filled town?  This is certainly not my experience living and raising four children in Lindsay. This negative perception has to stop. Here are the facts according to the Office of the Attorney General, Department of Justice, State of California.

Of all the cities in Tulare County with populations of 10,000 or more, Lindsay had fewer violent crimes than any other city. Lindsay had 41, Exeter had 47, Farmersville had 52, Porterville had 158, Tulare had 457, and Visalia had 484. When taking into account population, Porterville was the safest with a violent crime rate of 2.85 per 1,000 residents, but Lindsay was a close second with 3.08, then Visalia with 3.77, Exeter with 4.47, Farmersville with 4.84, and Tulare with 7.42.

So according to the statistics, Lindsay is a far safer town than its undeserved reputation would have people believe; safer than Visalia, Exeter, Farmersville, or Tulare. So please stop people who have these negative misconceptions and tell them the truth about Lindsay. It’s a nice town with welcoming people and great entertainment. Those who actually visit Lindsay are surprised by the clean, graffiti-free streets and buildings, the calm atmosphere, the great restaurants, and the fun entertainment venues like McDermont Field House and the Lindsay Community Theater. And Lindsay people are very friendly.

Jim Kliegl


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