…to get the stats!
If you picked up a newspaper, (ok, I am over 30) errr, or googled the news, or better yet, contacted your local police department, you probably would be shocked to see the amount of crime that is going on in your neighborhoods. My office is in Scottsdale, AZ., so that’s what I checked. I simply entered “scottsdale violent crime statistics” in the search field and here is what I found:
|2010 Crime Rate Indexes||Scottsdale, AZ 85260||Arizona||United States|
|Total Crime Risk||63||143||100|
|Motor Vehicle Theft Risk||96||220||100|
The data for Scottsdale, AZ 85260 may also contain data for the following areas: Scottsdale
“Crime Risk Index (100 = National Average): Index score for an area is compared to the national average of 100. A score of 200 indicates twice the national average total crime risk, while 50 indicates half the national risk. We encourage you to consult with a knowledgeable local real estate agent or contact the local police department for any additional information. Crime Indexes are based on numerous current and historical datasets as well as proprietary modeling algorithms which estimate values at more granular geographic levels when specific data is either unavailable or impractical to aggregate. While every effort is made to ensure accuracy, these are estimates and should only be used as a guide. For detailed information regarding crime and safety in a community, please contact local law enforcement agencies.”
Hmmm, although I am glad that Scottsdale falls under the national average in some crimes (which we all know is too much to begin with) I wasn’t exactly pleased with the murder risk value. Burglary and rape didn’t exactly relax me either, nor did an overall crime risk of 63 which inched up toward the national average, and this is “Scottsdale”. Look at the rest of Arizona. Not too pretty at all.
Having moved here from NYC, I was wondering what was going on in that neck of the woods. So I picked an affluent part of town located by Lincoln Center and the Julliard School to search next. Here is what I found there, and the comparison to Scottsdale.
|2010 Crime Rate Indexes||Scottsdale, AZ 85260||New York, NY 10023||United States|
|Total Crime Risk||63||133||100|
|Motor Vehicle Theft Risk||96||111||100|
If you live in Scottsdale, you may at first glance, think whew! (If you live in NYC this doesn’t surprise you, unless of course you live by Lincoln Center). However, Scottsdale, ask yourself two questions:
- Am I comfortable with the levels of crime that does exist in Scottsdale? Let’s face it, its not zero. And..
- Do I travel outside of Scottsdale, or do I live in a bubble?
I bet you’ve been to Tempe, a big college town as you probably know:
|2010 Crime Rate Indexes||Scottsdale, AZ 85260||Tempe, AZ||United States|
|Total Crime Risk||63||162||100|
|Motor Vehicle Theft Risk||96||288||100|
OMG! Look at those numbers! I am not saying this to scare you into taking care of your own personal safety and protection. I am saying it because it is happening. By the statistics in Scottsdale, 68% of you will not have a rape go to completion, however, 32% will! If you are in Tempe, the rape statistic goes up to 117, which is higher than NYC! Think again, where would you send your kids to school and what do we need to be teaching our girls??????
I want every woman to understand that learning to protect yourself is simply a VERY GOOD THING to know.
Stay safe out there, it’s Friday night. And we all know what alcohol and partying does to people’s judgment.