Despite a stunning drop in homicides in the District — from a peak of 482 in 1991 to 108 last year — murder remains a stubborn crime to solve and prosecute in the nation’s capital.
A Washington Post review of nearly 2,300 slayings in the city between 2000 and 2011 found that less than a third have led to a conviction for murder or manslaughter, although the numbers have improved in the past few years. More than 1,000 cases remain unsolved.
13 Mexican journalist have disappeared since 2003: here’s a map of their disappearances. These folks, as Atlantic Cities notes, were most likely killed, but unlike a number of their colleagues, their bodies have never been found. The map was made by Articulo 19. They also made an infographic of instance of attacks on the media with firearms and explosives.
Nothing sadder than knowing that hard-working journalists went missing on a hunt for the truth.
Change in yearly crime totals per census block group from July 2010 - July 2012. Data from MPD Crime Map.
Rather than predicting who will commit crimes, like the fictitious “precrime” system from the 2002 film Minority Report, the software that the Santa Cruz police department has recently started field-testing looks at where crime might be committed.
A nifty graphic on The Science of Stopping a Bullet to go with today’s Globe and Mail story on the RCMP’s delay in issuing body armour that can withstand rifle rounds. Writes Julian Sher:
“More than six years after the shooting deaths of four RCMP officers in Mayerthorpe, Alta., stunned a nation and sparked calls for better police protection, the force has not managed to get the hard body armour that can stop long-gun ammunition to most of its front-line officers.
“Nine of the 14 RCMP officers slain by weapons fire in recent years – including the four who died in one of the deadliest chapters in the force’s history – were killed with rifles or shotguns, which are at least three times more powerful than pistols.”
Crime doesn’t pay, and it never sleeps – see what goes down in major U.S. cities over a 24 hour period.
Real estate website Trulia is set to roll out a new feature that will allow users to view crime statistics for 50 metro areas in the US.
This is surely one of the most remarkable infographics we’ve ever posted. Created by social scientist Eduardo Salcedo-Albarán, it documents the organizational structure and almost limitless influence of Mexico’s Michoacan drug family. And it teaches you a great deal about why, exactly, the family is so hard to combat — and why its power seems so pervasive.
Here’s a quick preview of a project I worked on last week: visualizations of Metrorail data. I wanted to augment the Metrorail map with three data sets I found to be both interesting and relevant to the Metro user: average passenger boarding at each station, crime at each station, and the amount of time it takes to get from one stop to the next. All of this data is publicly available information on the WMATA web site that is uniquely valuable to a Metro user.