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Old 01-17-2010, 08:16 AM
 
Location: Greenville, Delaware
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We've had many discussions here about crime in DE and in various cities and towns. I live in a rather safe bit of northern NCCo and generally stay out of the places where most crimes against persons occur. However, I'm really getting appalled at the reports of crimes - robberies and home invasions - in many of the suburbs and outlying areas of Wilmington, New Castle, Newark, and Bear; also in Elsmere to some extent. We've discussed on this forum the difficulty in making crime comparisons from one city to another. You can't really use the City of Wilmington statistics as a basis for comparison with many other cities, because the City of Wilmington is a tiny, compact municipality with most of the population of "Wilmington" actually residing in the surrounding suburbs. Likewise, it seems specious to use stats for NCCo as a whole, because then you're generalising over an excessively large and diverse area. How can one get an accurate picture of the incidence of crime in the northern NCCo area that can then be compared to other cities that have more normally encompassing city limits with the corresponding demographic diversity? I don't want to have my head in the sand about crime in urbanised northern New Castle County, but I'm unsure how to get a meaningful picture for comparison purposes.
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Old 01-17-2010, 08:31 AM
 
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I don't want to have my head in the sand about crime in urbanised northern New Castle County, but I'm unsure how to get a meaningful picture for comparison purposes.
Good Morning, doctorjef! Not having lived outside Delaware, of course, I can't speak to that as well as you, since you've traveled extensively, and have lived elsewhere. I'm sure you've seen the crime map for Delaware, which only compares various towns with others, right in Delaware. But, here's a link which may be helpful when comparing towns/cities in Delaware, to other states' towns/cities. When you plug in a Delaware town/city, a place will come up for you to compare Delaware with. Don't know how helpful this might be.
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Old 01-17-2010, 10:41 AM
 
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From the County Web Site

Geo NCC Locations (http://www.nccde.org/sqlcrime.asp - broken link)

Enter the address and it will show the crimes in the immediate area. While it doesn't give numerical data, the map gives a visual display of the type and frequency of crimes committed as reported and handled by the New Castle County Police Department only. I'm not sure if the data is updated weekly or monthly.

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Old 01-17-2010, 11:12 AM
 
Location: Greenville, Delaware
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Thanks, but what I'm aiming at is a meaningful comparison of crime in what might be called the Wilmington-Newark metro area overall with other cities that have similarly sized populations.
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Old 01-17-2010, 05:57 PM
 
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I'm not sure where they get their stats, but these people take an extraordinary interest: City Murder Rates - Page 199 - SkyscraperPage Forum

They seem to do CSAs (counting Philly and Vineland) MSAs (counting Philadelphia) and subdivisions (just Wilmington-Newark.)

As much as I don't want to believe it, these days, Philly and Wilmington do work as one continous area these days, meaning Wilmington is thrown in with Camden and Philly in almost any counts.
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