I’d been a bit bothered by this article, and the lack of comparison to other cities of similar size. I was inspired to look a little bit at other cities’ crime stats:
The Hartford statistics are from this great webpage. (Please compare to the Worcester statistics site, which has not been updated in a year.) It’s unclear whether “sworn officers” includes all or just those actively patrolling.
1) Worcester has a lot fewer shooting incidents than Hartford, but it’s unclear how many stabbing incidents there are in either Hartford or Providence.
2) Seriously, the crime statistics page for Hartford is awesome. It just goes to show that you don’t need to make use of fancy tools like CrimeReports to inform your citizens. Hartford is just putting together data that they already send to the FBI and making it available to their residents. Why aren’t we?
(When that FBI site is updated for all of 2009, it would be interesting to continue the comparison and include Springfield.)