While we seem to have no problem hearing about the crimes committed in Clayton county, we rarely get hear when crime is decreasing. But crime has continued to decrease here, although that is sometimes hard to tell solely by evening news clips.
As per WSBTV, Clayton has experienced a “dramatic drop in crime,” with violent crimes down 46% compared to Nov. 2009, and murders having dropped 29%.
Overall attitudes and perceptions of Clayton are changing, most importantly from within. I met someone last week who admittedly had only been to the airport in Clayton county, but had already formulated a negative opinion. He couldn’t even confirm where he got some of his (mis)information. Residents and business owners alike need to start touting the positives instead of dwelling on the negatives. If we don’t do so, who will?
Another great story coming out of Clayton this week is the re-launch of We Are Clayton magazine. By showcasing the positive images of Clayton from residents to local businesses to articles written by our students, this magazine promises to cover stories that we can’t find elsewhere. This free publication will be available countywide, so look for it, check it out and save the first issue as it could become a collector’s item.
Finally, the Grassroots Hands On Clayton Empowerment Event scheduled for Saturday, December 4 is only 11 short days away. This Fair will showcase over 30 Clayton county businesses and professionals sharing their skills and information for free, not to mention the other giveaways . . . okay, maybe I’ll mention them next week.
For those who love Clayton, these are just a few reasons to be thankful, and nice ways to kick off our holiday season. Have a happy and blessed Thanksgiving all!