Alright, so I’ve been pondering this whole “East Syyyyde” versus “North Syyyyde” thing this morning, wondering if maybe I was missing something that everyone else knows. I figured maybe since I lived over there most of my life I was just blind to some of the things going on… everyone always talks about the crime over there, so I figured I’d check it out.
Thanks to the nice folks at the local Police Department for their handy little online interactive crime map, I was able to pluck some numbers here. Basically what I have is, based on three years worth of data (2002, 2003, and 2004) the average number of crimes within a half mile radius… Location "Old Hood" is where we currently reside, up in the "fashionable north side"… Location "New Hood" is, of course, the half-mile radius around our soon to be abode. Just for shits and giggles, cause I’m a thorough type of person, I also ran the numbers for the half-mile radius around the in-laws place of residence, because we all know that is the gold-standard to which any location is measured, that is listed as “InLaw Hood”…
|Location||Homicide||Rape||Robbery||Assault||Burglary||Theft||Vehicle Theft||Arson||Drug Abuse||Vandalism||Sex Offense|
Now, the way that chart reads to me (after dumping it into excel for some quick counting)… on average there’s 2.8x as much crime within a half mile of our "fashionable north side place of residence" as there is within a half mile of the place surrounded by "those people". (Rape and Vandalism being the two categories with the largest difference between the two, with seven times as many rapes in the fashionable area, and 4.5 times as much vandalism).
Comparing the numbers between the east side residence and the prestigious area surrounding the InLaws place of residence… well, they are fairly close to one another, but the "New Hood" still comes out with less crimes on average in a year if you add all the columns up. (Let me save you the trip to a calculator, in raw "add up the crimes" fashion, you come out with 654 crimes a year where we currently live, 362 a year in the InLaws Hood, and 233 a year in the New Hood.)
Now granted, that’s not to say the entire east side is a pleasure dome of quiet living. Just for fun I also ran the numbers for different half-mile radius, in a slightly different area of the east side.. a half-mile-radius area that I would fully expect to be a bit more… active. This area in fact is the one I used to live in, a half-mile area that contained two separate low-income apartment complexes that were so bad for crime and drama that well, both of them are gone now. (The man stepped in as part of their “Revitalization effort” and leveled both and is redeveloping the land into other things). However these changes are fairly recent and since the numbers here go back a few years, the numbers here are still affected by the past of the area, and also the fact that some of the other areas right around here are not the best… (This is also known as the area I wouldn’t be wandering around in barefoot and naked at 3am if I could help it)… The numbers there? Oh yeah, they were a bit higher, around the 1,600 crimes a year mark.
So in short, what I discovered from this little project is about what I expected (although honestly, I didn’t expect the numbers for our current place of residence to be so high! Who knew the old folks around us where so into drugs and vandalism!?)… That being that while some areas of the east side are crazy-bad on the crime side of things, the surrounding areas around our new little strip of happiness? They come out quieter then either where we are now, or the inlaws place. 😛