You may be surprised to know how many violent assaults occur in a place
as seemingly peaceful and safe as Utah Valley.
I personally know of 3 recent attacks to family members and acquaintances,
none of which made the evening news to my knowledge.
The first of these attacks involved baseball bats.
The second involved 3 attackers—one armed with a knife. The third incident involved a
The first two victims ended up in the emergency room. All three were
fortunate to escape with their lives.
And the rate of violent attack is only going to go up with the gangs
moving into the area.
And don't think it can't happen to you.
Two of the above mentioned attacks occurred at the victim's homes on
Center Street and 4th South, both in Orem.The third happened at the
Provo Smith's market.
"Although Utah's crime rate is still among the
lowest in the country, new FBI data shows violent crime is steadily rising in the state.
"Nearly 6,500 violent crimes were committed in
Utah last year, according to crime statistics released Monday. The rate per 100,000 residents was up about 9
percent from 2012 and up 14 percent from 2011.
"Authorities said heroin addiction is fueling a rise in violent crime in
northern Utah, especially in robberies."