Years ago, crime in Crown Heights was much more common than it is today. As a result, the members of this message board routinely expressed fear about their surroundings and wondered aloud whether they were safe living "here".
Simultaneously, the NYPD and the private sector developed and embraced mapping technologies which provided accurate, easy-to-digest information through services like Spot Crime and DoITT.
Today, crime has decreased, but the maps remain quite popular.
Law enforcement agencies use the maps to focus their efforts on hotspots, while the public seems to use them to rationalize or dismiss their fears.
As of tonight, they had received a total of 4 responses. I found their thoughts pretty interesting, and they've asked me to solicit some more thoughts from readers.
I'll break the ice and point out that while talking about it makes some uncomfortable, it is no secret that many types of crime are far more common in some areas of Crown Heights (or, for that matter: Brooklyn, or New York, or the United States) than others. Most who work in the field perceive the reasons as complex.
So, to save us carpal tunnel syndrome, we may want to stick to the maps.
Could a map be created that spurned constructive reactions?
What would the map contain?