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Philly Blotter Next Great Step in Crime Reporting

Philly Blotter

Chris Sawyer, guru of Philadelinquency has done it again.  I have been using his Courtwatch data since he started offering it on the web site.  Courtwatch made court and arrest information for the first time in a usable way to the public.  It became possible to find out if an arrest had been made for a particular crime and the status of the case.

Now here he comes with an app for the iphone or android called Philly Blotter that puts it all in one place in the palm of your hand.  If you want to know what is going on around your house, you can customize a zone for yourself and it will give you the information.  If a burglary hits your street you can followup to see if an arrest has been made.  You can filter in or out any number of crimes.  One of the best features is that it gives you the definitions of the various crime categories and the possible penalty for each.  It is not free but at $4.99 it is a bargain.  Take a closer look at this link.

Frankford Crime Report for PSA1 for October

The crime report for October thanks to date from OpenDataPhilly shows continued drop in major crimes with a slight upturn in crimes using firearms.  Increased police presence may be the key.

crime summary.xlsx



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Violence in Frankford


January 16th on the 4600 block of Penn – 201615004629

February 3rd on the 1800 block of Fillmore – 201615009784

February 20th on the 4800 block of Penn – 201615014979

March 17th on the 4700 block of Oxford – 201615023994

March 23rd on the 1600 block of Pratt – 201615025965

March 23rd on the 1600 block of Pratt – 201615025900

After 6 homicides in the 15th District PSA 1 over a three month period, Frankford is on track to set a record this year for murder in the community.  See the March crime summary on the chart below and you can see the detailed report at this link.


Only one of those homicides has lead to an arrest so far.  Local video surveillance cameras helped identify suspects in the incident on the 4800 block of Penn Street.

The number code following the crime is one way of tracking an incident.  Thanks to Christopher Sawyer at who has given us a new tool for tracking this information with CourtWatch.  Besides a huge collection of other interesting stuff, he has provided this great tool for tracking arrests.  

Thanks to OpenDataPhilly for making this raw data available for our use.

If you are concerned about violence in Frankford and want to take action, there is a meeting at St. Marks Church at 4442 Frankford Avenue on Monday, April 11th at 6 PM.