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MountainBiker
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I’ve not noticed anything different around here, but we’re outside the mainstream a bit given there aren’t any large cities nearby. The closest is Albany NY which is on the order of 100 miles from here. The absence of large cities in this State (largest is Burlington at 42,000) in combination with the absence of minorities (96% white) more or less translates into an absence of gangs. Gang member drug dealers from Albany, NY, Metro NYC, and Springfield/Holyoke, MA do come up by car and via Amtrak but they seem focused on selling drugs rather than robbing people or homes. It is almost impossible for them to blend in and a lot are caught, enough that the ACLU is trying to say police are discriminating given the disproportionate arrest rate. Most crime tends to be the local druggies robbing convenience stores and the like rather than individuals or homes/cars.