Mortgage stress may be behind Bible belt crime
November 24, Sydney Morning Feral:
SYDNEY'S Bible belt is known for its McMansions, aspirational voters and enthusiastic church-goers. But the conservative, affluent Hills District is also in the grip of a crime wave - and mortgage stress may be behind it.These journos go to great lengths to avoid using the word Muslim or Middle Eastern when speaking of crime, yet within the blink of an eye in a so-called Bible belt area, they'll freely associate Christians and crime.
Over the past four years, Baulkham Hills Shire has experienced rising rates of violence and robbery. Domestic violence has risen by almost 20 per cent, assault is up by almost 10 per cent and harassment by 23 per cent.
There have been five murders in the past two years; there were none in the five years before that. They include the stabbing murder of Richard Carruthers, the 36-year-old redesigner of the Olympic cauldron, in his Castle Hill home. Three of the murders remain unsolved.
Earlier this year, a massive liquid ecstasy seizure was made at Castle Hill Industrial Estate, and in September two eight-year-old girls were sexually assaulted behind a basketball stadium in the Fred Caterson Reserve.
Figures from the Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research also show a rise in the number of break and enters, malicious damage, breaching of bail conditions, stealing from motor vehicles and cannabis charges in the four years to June 30.
Despite the increase, the area has a low crime rate compared with other parts of Sydney ...
From what I have heard of the Hills district it is still plenty white and Christian, but a person who used to live there a year ago told me in his daughter's class all but two kids spoke more than one language.
I know a police officer who used to work in Castle Hill in the 80s/90s and he said nothing ever happened there. It definitely wasn't diverse then, but it's well on the way now.
Mortgage stress? More likely your presumption of Christian perpetrators is wrong. But there's no story in that, is there?