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Bradenton, FL

Crime - 11/12/2015
I placed a review of Bradenton in previous comments on Bradenton, Florida. I cannot find the review. I have lived in Europe, St. Petersburg, New York, Tampa, and Tallahassee. I am a retired Sergeant of twenty eight years from a local agency. I worked in Miami. Bradenton is a very nice town if you have money. If you can afford to live on the beach, Lake Wood Ranch or along Riverview Boulevard;you will love the Bradenton- Sarasota area. If you do not have money and you don't have a job; don't bother. Go to the compare crime category and put the current town that you live in and Bradenton.in Manatee County you will be safer where there is a city police department. This will mean that you pay more taxes and that you will receive more services. The City of Bradenton Police Department will arrive at your home within two or three minutes. Same with most of the other cities. The Sheriff's Office will take twenty minutes. Don't open your door for strangers it may be a home invasion. If you have a CCW carry your firearm. Make sure you stay away from the corridor along 14 Street West, Memphis, Lincoln Heights, and Oneco. Drive down in and around Tropicana and Pride Park to get a "flavor: for the area. We are a bedroom community in the Tampa Bay area. This three county area has over four million people. South St. Petersburg is worse than many areas in Miami and LA. Don't be stupid. Most of the people writing these "reviews" are Chamber of Commerce types and realtors with a vested interest in getting people to move here.Taxes are low and so are services including police, transportation, and education. There are "good" schools on the beach, northwest Bradenton, and Lakewood Ranch. The others not so much. Read their grades. The "private" schools are very good if you have lots of money. The charter schools have dedicated staffs, but some of the kids that go there were rejected by the Public schools. Crime is out of control, murders for a county of less than 250k are out of control, and heroin addiction is out of control. One piece of advice stop moving here and saying you are from New York, when you are from Sayville, or Babylon. Stop moving here from Westin and saying you are from Ft Lauderdale. The same with Chicago and Hyde Park. We know the difference.

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