Crime is near and dear to my heart. Living in Frankford, how could it be otherwise. Thanks to the PPD crime stats web site you can actually get some good information on what is going on but it has its limits. Frankford is a unique area that is included in the 15th District but spans several patrol sectors. So it is hard to get a report that only includes Frankford and cuts out Juniata and Bridesburg and Mayfair.
For our purposes, we use the boundaries set in the u of penn cartographic lab neighborhood base. Since neighborhoods are not legally established entities, this is the best we can do. Follow this link to see what we call Frankford. I don’t entirely agree with it but it is what it is.
What I do every 2 weeks is download everything in the area and then cut out those incidents not in Frankford and then count the numbers of crimes in the major categories. Major to me is Rape, Homicide, Robbery, Aggravated Assault, Burglary and Theft. I map all except theft. I do not include domestic assaults or domestic rapes since they are not a threat to the public.
I do the same calculation for the exact same time period in 2008 and compare the two time spans. Overall, total crime in Frankford in those six categories between April 13th and August 16th is down 24%. This is a link to a summary of the data.
I noticed the trend a few months ago but I wanted to follow it for a while to see if the numbers continued along the same trend. This is good news for Frankford and the city. It shows that something can be done when a new strategy comes along.
You may say you don’t see any difference. The difference I see is more police, more sirens, more car stops. That is preventing crime. That is good.
It hasn’t stopped the morons who walk up the block and drop trash on the sidewalk. It hasn’t stopped idiots with loud car radios. It has made it a bit better living in Frankford.