Lansing Police is working to combat crime

By Tyler Austin
Listen Up Lansing Staff Reporter

One of the most important aspects that go into creating a sense of community between a group of people is safety. Creating a space that seems welcoming and safe are high priorities for many people. According to a survey conducted by city-data.com more than 50 percent of people would only live in a place with good safety and low crime rates. While this is a general want for most people it can prove quite difficult to actually accomplish. As an example of this, Lansing is a city that claims to have a hard-working heart with the charm of a small town, according to the city’s visitors page.

Hate crime numbers jump, most based on race, religion, sexual orientation

By SILU GUO
Capital News Service
LANSING – Last November in Bay City, Delane Bell shouted “Osama bin Laden” and “jihad” at two men of Indian descent outside a bar, punched one of them and struck their car. Bell was convicted of ethnic intimidation. It was only one among a growing number of recent hate crime cases reported in the state. According to the State Police, 403 hate crimes incidents were reported last year, an 8 percent increase compared with 2010. Those incidents involved 487 victims. Most were assaults, intimidation, stalking and property damage.