Thursday, September 30, 2010

Los Angeles Crime Database

The L.A. Times, in conjunction with the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles County Sheriff, has developed a new real-time crime database. Check it out here. The data itself is useful, of course, but I'm curious what (if any) behavioral response will come from this. Could people make day-of decisions based on the weekly crime in potential neighborhoods they were thinking of going to, say, for dinner? If that happens, do criminals adjust and move their criminal activity so as to counter the avoidance?

When one thinks Los Angeles, one thinks (among many things) traffic. I wonder what traffic rates have to do with crime in the Los Angeles area.

Spatial folks, get after it!

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