Chicago Crime 2016: Why the Spike?

Authors: Muriel Marseille*,
Topics: Urban Geography, Behavioral Geography
Keywords: urban, index crime, neighborhood demographics, urban culture, homicide
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/11/2018
Start / End Time: 3:20 PM / 5:00 PM
Room: Bourbon Room, Astor, Mezzanine
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On August 29, 2016, the Chicago Tribune published a story on the high crime rate in Chicago. Homicides which had been decreasing steadily over the past decade had skyrocketed. With this declaration, there is renewed focus on the crime situation in Chicago. The objective of this project is, by using GIS and statistical modeling, to ascertain determining factors in what is causing the exponential increase. A project of this focus is important to understand 21st century crime in urban areas. More importantly, investigating crime, especially homicides, can help formulate policy to thwart it. Specifically, this project will demonstrate the evolution of homicides in Chicago since 2010, illustrate the context of this violence by looking at neighborhood demographics-both human and crime trends, and interpolates 2017 homicides based on background data.

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