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July 31, 2013

Police analyze city to reduce crime, accidents

NORMAN — Crime and car accidents are unavoidable incidents in every city. However, there are ways to analyze and consequently reduce the number of those incidents. The Norman Police Department is doing just that.

Police presented Data-Driven Approaches to Crime and Traffic Safety (DDACTS) during a Norman City Council study session Tuesday.

The goal of using the DDACTS approach is to reduce crime, accidents and traffic violations within Norman to reduce social harm and improve the quality of life, said Jason Redden, Norman police intelligence analyst.

Some of the dimensions of analysis include:

· What type of accident or crime is occurring.

· Who the victims or targets are.

· When the accident or crime is occurring.

· Where the accident or crime is occurring.

· How the accident is occurring or what the accident factors are.

For example, Redden said everyone could probably name two bad intersections in Norman. Police look at when and why those accidents are occurring at those intersections, or in the instance of crime, what factors are making an apartment complex a bad apartment complex.

The city of Norman is split into eight different police beats based on population density and geography. In two of those beats, police identified two zones, a west zone and an east zone, where they found accidents and crime to be particularly concentrated, so they focused their efforts there.

Statistics from 2011 show that more accidents happened in the west zone, while more criminal activity happened in the east zone.

The borders of the west zone include 24th Avenue Northwest, Main Street, Berry Road and Lindsey Street. The borders of the east zone include 12th Avenue Southeast, Alameda Street, 24th Avenue Southeast and Lindsey Street.

Redden said since police concentrated their efforts in both of those zones, the number of accidents and total crime has dropped.

“We’ve seen decreases across the board,” he said.

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