Crime

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Mixed-Use Neighborhoods May Be Safer, Too

New research from Los Angeles finds that crime rates are lower in communities with both commercial and residential uses.

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The Myth of the Commuting Criminal

Research has repeatedly shown that crime doesn't necessarily accompany transit, but that lingering fear still threatens new transportation projects.

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In Oakland, Citizens Learn to Treat Gunshot Wounds

The People's Community Medics can turn anyone into a first responder.

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The Problem With Police Line-Ups

False eyewitness identifications are the leading factor in wrongful convictions. Washington, D.C., wonders if it can fix that.

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5 Ways of Visualizing Crime in Philly

This is what happens when a city releases its data.

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The Study That Could Upend Everything We Thought We Knew About Declining Urban Crime

An NYU sociologist now says New York's famed police tactics had nothing to do with the city's turnaround.

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How Mexico City's Drunk Driving Crack Down Is Making the City Safer

Innovative programs have helped turn the city from one of the world's most dangerous places into one of the safest areas in Mexico.

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Finding Beauty in the Hypnotic Sound of Police Scanners

A window into the steady rhythm of first responders in a major city.

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'I Pledge to Walk Alone': Activists Demand Safer Cities for Women in India

Pressing for a deeper change in gender attitudes.

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How Economic Segregation Spreads Crime Like a Virus

Integration is the best way to make our cities safer.

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A Sanitized Version of Urban Life in Guatemala's Capital

Critics worry Paseo Cayalá is a high-end refuge that will allow the wealthy to ignore the rest of the city.

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Steubenville's Long History of Police Corruption

This 70-year track record of machine politics and lies helps explain why so few people trust the police.

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Don't Complain When Your iPhone Gets Stolen in New York

Apple theft is so bad it's having an effect on the overall crime rate.

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The Best Open Data Releases of 2012

Our annual look at the extensive information now available from city governments, and the tools people are building with it.

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This Most Recent Decline in U.S. Violent Crime Is Different From the Last One

Homicide rates have fallen significantly in some places. Does economic development deserve the credit?

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How France Built Inequality Into Its Cities

Planners have created isolated urban enclaves that keep the country’s immigrant population separate.

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Do Foreclosures Increase Crime After All?

On the heels of a study that showed no link between home closures and crime, new research finds a clear (though modest) connection.

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Is It Harmful to Release Gang Maps?

Probably not, but as a recent case in Chicago shows, it might not be too helpful either.

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Could Bike GPS Actually Help You Get Your Stolen Bike Back?

Mobiloc says it's invented the first GPS-enabled bike lock.