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TACOMA: Is Hilltop really getting better?

Letter by Joseph C. Johnson, Tacoma on Sep. 17, 2012 at 1:37 pm with 13 Comments »
September 17, 2012 1:37 pm

I love my neighborhood of Hilltop. I really do. But is it really getting better?

I moved here four years ago and learned a lesson of, “Lock up your stuff and keep it put away” within days of moving in. I had two bikes stolen out of my back yard within the first week.

Here I am four years later. I keep my stuff out of sight and locked up. I also added a security system and cameras. However, yesterday, a guy boldly walks onto the property, through two gates and steals a bike while being filmed. I have seen him before, and he is from the neighborhood.

What kind of guy does this? Is Hilltop really getting any better? Or is it time to level it and start over?

People should not have to live in constant fear of thievery and crime, yet we do. It’s not like the bikes were worth anything, maybe $10 each. So why do things like this continue?

If you’d like to see the thief in action, go here.

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  1. MyBandito says:

    Joseph- That is one spectacular video. Clear as a bell.

    You must have noticed the woman out on the sidewalk paying attention to what he was doing. His lookout, perhaps?

    With any luck someone will recognize him and figure out where that new bike came from.

    Good luck!

  2. NakedRat says:

    You asked “Is Hilltop really getting better?”

    My answer “It’s been like that forever and will stay that way forever.” I’d move if I were you.

  3. Theefrinker says:

    It certainly sucks, but it’s worth pointing out that this type of behavior is hardly limited to the hilltop area. Teenagers in suburbs are as bad, if not worse, every summer break. It’s a human behavior issue that could probably be fixed by better parenting, though I expect no positive changed in that field, henceforward.

  4. alindasue says:

    Have you noticed the size of many of the houses on Hilltop? It hasn’t “been like that forever”. At one time it was considered a very nice area of town.

    Yes, there are people who steal things like bikes, but if that’s the worst of the blatant broad-daylight crime, then I would say it has gotten much better. Does nobody remember how bad things got back in the late ’80s and early ’90s? Stolen bikes were the least of the neighborhood issues.

    If community efforts continue like they have the last couple decades, things will continue to improve even more still.

  5. truthbusterguy says:

    I will not go to the Hill Top without my gun. I recently bought a new gun with a highcap mag. just to take to the Hill Top when I visit friend nearby.

    I do not like being out gunned and I tell you the folks in Hill Top are armed.

  6. MyBandito says:

    You have a friend?

  7. Insert rant from MB on insults and childish behavior here.

  8. MyBandito says:

    I agree. That wasn’t appropriate. My Bad.

  9. alindasue says:

    I don’t own a gun and have had no difficulty traveling around Hilltop. Perhaps it is the people who look for reasons to need a gun that manage to find reasons to need one…

  10. truthbusterguy says:


    I bet even you don’t travel there at night. You are not that stupid.

    Let me know when you want gun training, I have a friend (yes, I have many) that will help you.

  11. alindasue says:

    I have no reason to travel there at night. All of the places I go up there are closed then.

    We did have some friends that lived in Hilltop in the late 80s and the 90s and we traveled there at night quite often. However, all three of them have died since (2 from cancer and one from complications of MS) so we have no reason to visit there at night any more.

    I already know how to use a gun, thank you. We used to go target shooting up in Anchorage, but I choose not to have one right now.

  12. averageJose says:

    So why do things like this continue?

    Maybe because a large segment of our population has been taught and believe they are entitled to other people’s property.

  13. averageJose says:

    Looks like he had a lookout.

    Maybe he was looking for belt… the bike was just a bonus.

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