This website is dedicated to crime statistics
in the Heights neighborhood, in Houston, Texas.
The basic data was gathered from the Houston Police Department website, using data for Beat 2A30, which as can be seen on the map below, reasonably approximates the neighborhood.
Data from the US census was also incorporated, to allow for adjusting the statistics from simply totals to rates, also accounting for population changes. These corrections are only approximate, as the census and zip code overlap but do not match the Beat boundary.
There are three maps in this figure. The underlying map with the orange
polygons and red numbers is the census tract map. In pink are the
approximate boundaries of zip code 77008. Finally, in green, is beat 2A30,
the source of the crime data for this study.
This plot shows what sort of data is available. Each incident (from 2010 to 2017) has a time and date, Offense type, premise (home, business, etc.), and an approximate address. Much time was spent gathering and cleaning up the raw data, as it had a host of problems. That data is available for those who wish to do their own analysis.Learn about the data files
I have made many plots and charts to try to glean some understanding from the data. My primary too has been the open source statistical package, "R". The new packages from RStudio have been particularly useful, and I highly recommend them.See the analysis
I have also developed a set of maps, to highlight the spatial distribution of crime in the area.See the maps
For clarity, the definitions are drawn from the FBI Uniform Crime Reporting website.
Alan Jackson is a retired geophysicist, with time to learn some new skills and do stuff that may benefit the neighborhood.
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