Crime in a queens neighborhood

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Crime and Drugs in South Ozone Park
I’ve lived in South Ozone Park, Queens for three years and throughout those three years my family and I have overall good remarks. South Ozone Park used to be a predominant Italian neighborhood, but over the years a lot of Guyanese individuals have occupied residency here, so that’s mainly the type of people you see in this neighborhood. There are of course plenty of people from other backgrounds; the whole area of South Ozone Park is pretty diverse. Italians still live here, and so do some Hispanics like Dominicans and Cubans from what I’ve seen on my block, but there are surely others. In my block everyone gets along because we all know each other well. Most of the residents on my block (there are
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All three of my interviewees acknowledge the fact that even though they feel the neighborhood is safe, they know that there are “freaks out there” and things can still happen at anytime. That is the reason why all three of them have home security systems in their homes. I looked into the sex offender registry on CriminalJustice.NY.gov by my area code and the list is about 35 people long, not including repeated names. This doesn’t surprise my interviewees or me because there are offenders everywhere (but none on the block) and Mr. Family Man and Mrs. Homemaker’s children receive the notices at school if a new one moves in the area. The schools in the area have fairly good ratings as well, according to Education.com.
In regards to drugs, during the past years I have seen no activity in relation to drugs. I have not seen any drug dealers or anything in this neighborhood. I know the smell of marijuana since I used to be around where that was being smoked, but here I don’t smell it or see it being smoked at all. This is a plus for my outlook on South Ozone, because where I used to live in Florida, people smoked marijuana like their life depended on it. I feel that the use of drugs lead to crimes so since there are no drugs there’s no crime and vice versa.
I asked my interviewees what their opinions were on drugs in the neighborhood and they each had about the same reactions. Mr. College Student acknowledges the fact

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