Saturday, August 16, 2014

Ferguson, Missouri Crime Stats

If you've not see it before, city-data is a great site for summary statistics by zip code. It's made for the real estate industry, but it's a great resource for bloggers, too.

Lots of people are barking about the "militarization" of the police following the death of Michael Brown and the subsequent riots. Whatever militarization means and whenever it happened in Ferguson, the results seem to have been pretty good for the people who live there.

Overall, crime has been going down in Ferguson since 2009 and pretty substantially at that. From 2009 to 2012, crime has dropped by about a third. If I lived in Ferguson, I don't know that I'd be complaining about the police. Individual mistakes happen sometimes with tragic results. If the crime rate has dropped by 33% over the last 4 years, the police must be doing something right.

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