The Police Department of New Orleans is reporting a decrease in crime. You don't say? I wonder what the crime rate in Houston is?

Amid growing concern about the city's homicide rate and overburdened social services, a new poll finds Houstonians increasingly weary and wary of the 150,000 Louisiana evacuees who landed here after fleeing Hurricane Katrina.

Three-quarters of Harris County residents surveyed by Rice University sociologist Stephen Klineberg say the influx of Katrina evacuees, many of whom remain seven months after landfall, has put a "considerable strain" on the Houston community.

Additionally, two-thirds say evacuees bear responsibility for "a major increase in violent crime," and twice as many local residents believe Houston will be "worse off" rather than "better off" if most evacuees remain here permanently.

and back in New Orleans, the City of Brotherly Love, the Police Department reports:

Crime in New Orleans dropped significantly after Hurricane Katrina emptied the city.

Police Superintendent Warren Riley announced that the overall crime rate was down 68 percent in the last three months of 2005, compared to the same period the year before, the New Orleans Times Picayune reported. There were only nine murders, compared to 64 in the last three months of 2004.

Violent crime was down 89 percent, and non-violent crime 64 percent.

Houston said, "...Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free..." and all that many from New Orleans offer their gracious hosts is their poverty and despair laden mindsets.

Houstonians evacuee-weary, poll says

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