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Old 11-04-2011, 04:47 AM
 
Location: Chicagoland
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Default The Internet and Crime Reduction

Maybe there's some sociological research on this, maybe not, since it's a recent phenomenon. But it's an interesting topic and I'd like to get some views.

Thanks to the Internet, we can now easily get detailed, up-to-date, locally very specific crime data, thanks to sites like the CPD's ClearMap, everyblock.com, and other sources. These data would have taken ages to track down pre-Internet. It's also a lot easier to monitor activity on your street and neighborhood and interact with other concerned locals.

So my questions: Has the Internet had a notable effect on crime reduction in Chicago? Do you personally find it useful for promoting safety in your own neighborhood? Any interesting anecdotes or stories to share on this topic?
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Old 11-04-2011, 06:38 AM
 
Location: Elgin, IL
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Well, I heard a story on the news this morning that was kind of the reverse. Supposedly 78% of burglars use social media like Facebook and Four Square to find good targets.
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Old 11-04-2011, 06:46 AM
 
Location: Chicagoland
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Well, I heard a story on the news this morning that was kind of the reverse. Supposedly 78% of burglars use social media like Facebook and Four Square to find good targets.
And I've heard of the reverse of that: criminals caught due to messages they left on Facebook or on cellphones.
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Old 11-04-2011, 07:19 AM
 
Location: Andersonville, Chicago
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Josef, there are studies to back what you're saying. Basically, fighting crime has gotten a lot more high tech and officers are able to use technology and other methods to watch for things before they even happen.

I'd say it's one of the reasons we've had the lowest crime rates since the 60s.

On the flip side, internet and technology ARE leading to more instances of burglary (facebook, foursquare, as knitgirl mentioned.)

Also, people become MUCH more keenly aware of crime. Before the internet, I wouldn't know a quarter of all things going on. Now we have blogs, the CLEARmap, and the internet in general. We're hyper-aware now.
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Old 11-04-2011, 08:48 AM
 
Location: Chicagoland
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Basically, fighting crime has gotten a lot more high tech and officers are able to use technology and other methods to watch for things before they even happen.

I'd say it's one of the reasons we've had the lowest crime rates since the 60s.
One reason I got interested in this subject is because crime continues to go down, despite the fact that the economy is the worst since the Great Depression. So I was thinking there must be some new factor in crime control.

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Also, people become MUCH more keenly aware of crime. Before the internet, I wouldn't know a quarter of all things going on.
Which also creates the interesting paradox that people feel less safe while being more safe. When I was living in Lakeview in the Dark Ages (1990s), I would pick up the local free paper for the police blotter. That was basically the only way I found out about crime. (I still remember some of the goofier crimes reported, such as the guy who was arrested with 36 dog collars that he had stolen, and the fellow arrested for masturbating on a park bench. Ah the joys of city living.)
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Old 11-05-2011, 09:25 AM
 
Location: Chicago, IL SouthWest Suburbs
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Does anyone have a link that shows homocides in chicago for the year 2011
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Old 11-05-2011, 10:28 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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Does anyone have a link that shows homocides in chicago for the year 2011
Tracking homicides in Chicago - Tracking homicides in Chicago | RedeyeChicago.com
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Old 11-05-2011, 02:21 PM
 
Location: Chicago, IL SouthWest Suburbs
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That is exactly what I was looking for
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