These are the Murdered in your Neighbourhood
Here's something rather morbid but somewhat useful - a Google maps mashup from the CBC that allows viewers to pinpoint and track murder victims in Toronto. The map displays homicides by type (shooting, stabbing, trauma, or unknown), has a chronological list of victims names, and is updated with every unfortunate subsequent murder the city notches.
Here's the most recent entry:
Nov. 6 - Homicide #74 Shooting Name: Dwayne Norris Campbell Age: 27 Location: 285 Shuter Street Summary: The victim's body was found sprawled near an elevator on the seventh floor of the downtown apartment building. The building has video surveillance cameras and police hope the images will help in their investigation.What can we glean from this map/tracking project?
A few things that are immediately obvious (and some may correspond to our expectations):
- Murders by guns are rather widespread across the entire city, although there do seem to be a couple of clusters in the downtown core and in the Jane/Finch areas.
- Don Mills looks like the eye of the hurricane (a safer spot).
- Scarborough appears to have more stabbing murders than other regions of the city.
- Four of 74 victims have not been identified
- We're on pace to see more murders this year than 2005 (78) and have already seen more than in all of 2006 (70).
The Toronto Star also has detailed homicide maps that show victims by age and gender as well, and allows viewers to see records for regions outside of Toronto (Peel, Halton, Durham, and York).