INTERACTIVE MAP: Search Crime on Campus and in Your Neighborhood

May 4, 2011  

Check our Light of Day Portal for a bird’s eye view of crime on and near SMU’s campus. Coverage includes stories, a Clery Act Scorecard and three interactive maps.

The Light of Day portal includes interactive crime maps for SMU's main campus, University Park and nine Dallas ZIP codes near SMU. Click the above image to visit the portal.

Attending college in an urban jungle like Dallas means SMU students can encounter crime ranging from third-rate mischief to life-threatening attacks. Explore our Light of Day campus crime portal, fueled by Google Fusion Tables, to find the most common crimes around campus and in your neighborhood. Also check out The Daily Campus for more Light of Day coverage.

This semester, 15 SMU journalism students collected and analyzed 2009 crime data on and off campus as part of the Light of Day Project, a statewide collaboration with other university journalism students, The Texas Tribune, and the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas.

Students filed open records requests for public data and created their own SMU crime database by compiling entries from campus police logs. They then uploaded the data into Google Fusion Tables to create interactive maps with assistance from data journalists Matt Stiles and Ryan Murphy of The Texas Tribune.

“We hope SMU students will explore these interactive crime maps in whatever way is most useful and relevant to them,” said assistant professor Jake Batsell, who assigned the project for his Technology Reporting class. “Students who live off campus can discover crime trends in their neighborhood, while on-campus residents can browse the most common incidents in their corner of SMU.”

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