We’ve mentioned KrimeLabb on our blog before – it’s this great database querying, mapping website where you can see the crime that’s happening in different parts of Austin.
For instance, I just did a pull for criminal activity that’s happened in 78701 (Downtown Austin’s major zip code) for the month of October, and I learned that we’ve had 1004 reported incidents, and 491 arrests so far this month. From a very quick glance, it looks like a good number of incidents are related to DWI / public drunkedness, which, you know – isn’t good, but isn’t necessarily as alarming to me as, I don’t know – assault, sexual assault, burglary, terroristic threats, and harassment – reports of all of which are also on the record for this month.
Downtown Austin can do better.
And the Downtown Austin Neighborhood Association is trying to help.
DANA is heading up “Spotlight on Safety” on November 15th at 6:30pm at Ballet Austin, Austin Ventures Theatre (501 West 3rd Street). APD Chief Art Acevedo, Travis District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg, and folks from the Austin City Council and City Manager’s Office will be there, and there will be lots of informative dialogue and interesting material presented at the event. Crime affects the quality of life for those who live, work, and play downtown – so DANA believes that enhanced awareness of what we can do as citizens to help protect our community is extremely important.
I hope all of you DAB readers will attend!
Here’s a .pdf of the flyer, with information about the event: DANA Spotlight on Public Safety