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    Crime statistics at ODU

    I've got 71 emails in my inbox relating to crime events near ODU. I know for sure that not all crimes are reported through email, or even on the ODU Police Department's webpage. I sifted through them and found 30 events I used to compile the info presented here. On two occasions I have been very near one of these events in both time and place... armed in each circumstance.

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    What I was aiming for was a histogram of times and number of attackers. They are below in that order.

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    Looks like a good start.

    Question: Does ODU comply location data in a mapped format? (I'll be surprised if they do not - it's a basic part of "community policing". :>) ) Or you could use one of those location tools from Google Maps that put push-pin icons on the map.

    But if ODU is already doing the work, why are you replicating it? Can't remember the formal name of the "safe schools" law that applies to colleges, but all their data should be available just by going to their HQ and demanding a copy of their latest annual report. No need to even do it under FOIA. Then you can wade/weed through it to limit data to whatever specific crimes you want to look at. Heck, you might be able to get their data set electronically and just refine it from their own spreadsheet.

    Putting a few more variables together visually could help greatly in changing the minds of some folks, or at least get them to start thinking about things.

    stay safe.

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    Your data reflect what one might intuitively expect: multiple attackers operating at night.

    I wonder why there was no instance of three attackers, given multiple instances of one, two, four, and five.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skidmark View Post
    Looks like a good start.

    Question: Does ODU comply location data in a mapped format? (I'll be surprised if they do not - it's a basic part of "community policing". :>) ) Or you could use one of those location tools from Google Maps that put push-pin icons on the map.

    But if ODU is already doing the work, why are you replicating it? Can't remember the formal name of the "safe schools" law that applies to colleges, but all their data should be available just by going to their HQ and demanding a copy of their latest annual report. No need to even do it under FOIA. Then you can wade/weed through it to limit data to whatever specific crimes you want to look at. Heck, you might be able to get their data set electronically and just refine it from their own spreadsheet.

    Putting a few more variables together visually could help greatly in changing the minds of some folks, or at least get them to start thinking about things.

    stay safe.
    Actually I'm pretty sure I have seen an overlay on google maps with pins for each crime. I remember being disappointed with it because it lacked both crimes that were documented in my emails, and crimes that I knew had occurred and were not in my emails.

    http://spotcrime.com/va/norfolk

    The NPD website leads conveniently to a 404: http://www.norfolk.gov/police/crime_analysis.asp

    but this is a pretty neat tool: http://gisapp2.norfolk.gov/CrimeView...ity/wizard.asp

    ETA: http://www.odu.edu/af/police/crimes/statistics.shtml

    No one source has all the information I want
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    Looks like I need to send some SABRE pepper spray training literature over to ODU!
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    Thought I'd update this.
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