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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 firearm.

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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."

Source: Salt Lake Tribune, Nov. 2014





What can you do to prevent these types of attacks to yourself and your family?

Number one: Use good judgment. Don't go around thinking it won't happen to you because you're a good person or because you're in Utah.  BE AWARE.

Two: Prepare yourself. There are excellent books and other training materials available on the subject.


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Utah Violent Crime Rates: 1960-2013

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Crime rate in Salt Lake City UT: murders, rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts, auto thefts, and arson.