The following letter was provided by Jansen Robinson, Chair of the Edgewood Community Council:
On Thanksgiving night, there was a MURDER in the Edgewood Community of First Harford Square. Also on Tuesday night, the proprietitor of the convienence store across the street from Royal Farms on Edgewood Road was injured during an apparrent Armed Robbery.
Many will point fingers at the Sheriff’s Dept, some for political reasons and others simply because they just don’t know. This is not simply a Law Enforcement problem. This is a community problem.
In Harford County communities where there is a high percentage of homeownership, violent crime such as what we experience in Edgewood is “almost” non-existent. And we don’t have to look far (Joppatowne) for an example. Most (not all) of the violent crime occurring in Harford County can be linked to RENTERS-persons who do not have a vested interest in the community (and not just Section 8).
I am not calling for a ban on the ability to Rental residental property, but I do think that it is time that landlords of both single and multi-family units, be held accountable for the actions of the people to whom they rent.
Let’s try enacting legislation (State/Local) that will hold Landlords financially and/or criminally responsible for the actions of the people to whom they rent. If we can hold government and businesses accountable for their role in polluting our community, we should certainly hold landlords accountable as well.
I realize that this legislation (if enacted) will only be as effective as the enforcement of it, but it will give us another measure with which can be used to demonstrate to current and future home owners that every reasonable and necessary measure will be identified and undertaken to improve the quality of life for ALL residents in Harford County.
If we don’t get a hsndle on violent crime along the Route 40 corridor, we will continue to see homeowners leave. Those who can’t sell their property will rent them out to anyomne who is capable of paying and so the problem continues to spiral out of control and this is UNACCEPTABLE. We will either have to change policies/directions or change the people responsible for enacting policies/direction.
At the request of citizens of Edgewood, Councilman Guthrie has drafted local legislation that we ask you to review and support.
“If we continue to do what we have always done-we will continue to get what we have always gotten”.