Tag: #homicides

How Many Guns Were Within 1,000 Feet of Schools in Baltimore in 2018?

Modern software programs allow you to analyze spatial data quite easily, but it may be hard to replicate what you did without a detailed how-to manual and instructions you write as you go. Programming languages such as R and others allow you to write code and comments in that code, so it will be easy to follow what you did and reproduce it time after time.

The Imbalances of Violence

There’s a theory in criminology called the “Routine Activities Theory.” The theory posits that there are three factors that figure into whether or not violence happens in a particular place and time, and how much violence happens. The three factors are targets, guardians and villains (aka “motivated offenders”). I’ll explain the factors a little more in a little bit, but…

The things that will kill you

Just listening to the news, you’d think that all of us were going to get killed tomorrow from a massive terrorist attack. Heck, some of my colleagues have been going on so much about Zika that they make it seem like we’re all going to die from Zika… Or that a whole generation of children are going to be born microcephalic.…

Don’t click on the comments

You’ve probably heard of internet trolls if you’ve been on the internet for any amount of time. These are people who make it their mission in life to post comments (or other content) with the intention of getting a reaction out of others. Sometimes the comments seem innocent enough, like someone who is “just asking questions.” I see this all…

What does data tell us?

You’re probably getting tired of my blog posts about violence in Baltimore. Well, tough. That’s where my “Thesis 2.0”, as it were, is headed, so you’re going to have to live with it. Anyway, I got a little curious last night at the rate of homicides per day in Baltimore and whether or not there was an increase after the…

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More on the 2015 Baltimore homicides

There’s a website dedicated to taking notes on each murder in Baltimore, and they have been doing it for quite a while now. I don’t know who runs it, but their record-keeping is pretty good. Anyway, I decided to look at some of the homicide numbers for Baltimore so far… Again. Last time, I showed you how 2015 has gearing…

Perception and reality

Two very bad things happened in the United States this week. Well, two things that caught the attention of the media. On Monday, two bombs went off at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. I was very upset by that because it was a deliberate terrorist attack on very innocent people. The many times that my wife has come…