I have been a resident of Verona for over ten years and spent my previous years in Penn Hills. When my wife and I moved our family into Verona, the inicidental crimes (vandalism, breaking into cars, petty theft, etc.) were not as prevalent. We could leave our front doors open, our car windows down with the doors unlocked. But, during the past two years, my car has been entered and someone had taken the change left on the console and the glovebox had been ransacked. I am not a racist by any standards. When my children rode the bus to school when they were in 7-9th grade, they did not appear to have any problems and there were black children on the bus. Unfortunatly a few "bad apples" moved into the neighborhood and began harassing kids on the bus. Unfortunately, this ended up becoming a race issue. Because of a few "bad apples" this neighborhood is being classified as a "racist" community.
I could care less who lives next store to me as long as they respect my property and family. I took down a fence that seperated the yards, so the next door neighbors (black kids) had more room to play and gave them access to my basketball hoop. After it being used daily, they inadvertantly ripped the net and without being told they replaced it. When the language became bad, I would let them know about it and they would stop the swearing.
However, I have witnessed some of these same kids shooting BB guns out of third floor windows into residential windows across the alley and throwing things out of the windows at my dog that was tied up in my yard. I have taken some of these young junior high kids to Tenth Street school for Junior High basketball practices and/or games because the parent was no where to be found. The home was left with no adult supervision. It is my personal opinion, that both of these problems were created because of the lack of supervision. If the parents would pay more attention to their kids, instead of letting them run around the neighborhood after the curfew, then maybe the older residents would not be acting the way that they do.
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