"Safe" is so relative.
January 26, 2013 4:54 PM Subscribe
Best statistical resources for comparing crime by neighborhoods?
posted by ohsnapdragon to grab bag (9 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
In examining different cities to settle down in, I am of course looking at their crime rates. This is proving to be a bit tricky though. I don't like looking at each city's crime maps, because it's hard for me to interpret the data. Little symbols just don't give me an accurate sense of what that place would feel like, until we get to extremes.
I like using neighborhoodscout.com, because they give each city a crime score which presumably correlates to an overall measuring system. So I know that if City A has a score of 50, and I've lived there, presumably City B with a score of 40 is somewhat similar in feel.
What I don't like however is that City C and City D might have both scored a rate of 20, but City D's crime is mostly concentrated in a few violent neighborhoods and a lot of that crime is gang on gang. Whereas City C's crime might be more equally spread throughout many neighborhoods, in which case my family would actually be safer in City D.
Another flaw is that I can't see scores for specific neighborhoods (without purchasing an account, which I'd rather avoid if possible.) They shade the neighborhoods different colors for different safety levels, but is that relative to the city itself or the nation as a whole? In other words, is City A's safest neighborhood really the same safety level as City E's safest neighborhood (who scored a 10, say)?
I want to see crime rates by neighborhood so that I can compare them to other neighborhoods I've lived in.
Sorry for the long-winded explanation - hoping my thought process is helpful here. In summary, I'm looking for:
- NOT a map that shows where crimes occurred over a period of time
- a list of NUMBERS of crimes that took place, and ideally percentage/rate too (aka 5,000 violent crimes which is a rate of 1 per 1000 residents, etc)
- listed by NEIGHBORHOODS, not just cities
If anyone is able to wade through my nitpicking and suggest a helpful resource, thank you!