After public interest news outfit Axis Philly reported that the city’s recently released crime data didn’t match up with the Police Department‘s homicide numbers, the Police Department provided a more specific breakdown of homicides to prevent further confusion. Read Axis Philly’s store on the updated data here.
Updated 2/5/13 11:16 a.m.: In a comment on this post (scroll down to read the whole response), the city’s Chief Data Officer Mark Headd said: “So the issue was not that the ‘data didn’t match up,’ it was that the reporter was initially comparing two different data sets under the assumption that they contained the same data – they didn’t.” If you ever have any questions about the city’s data, comment on this Google Group, Headd said.
Use these tools to visualize crime around the city:
- PHL Crime Mapper: visualizes crime in a certain area
- Philly Crime Map: tracks crime trends, lets you search by crime type
- Axis Philly’s changes in crime tool: tracks how crime has changed over the years