Ever since the Wire was filmed in Baltimore, it seems people have taken a particular interest in Baltimore crime. Maybe it’s the Hollywood glamour that has finally made us take a closer look at our neighborhoods and question how much we actually “believe” in our city. The Baltimore crime map details crime for each area of the city. If you type in your own address, you can find who got shot, assaulted, or robbed in your neighborhood in the last couple months. The Baltimore crime blog also gives daily details on crime in our city.
In June, the Baltimore Sun reported that Baltimore ranked number one per capita in homicide among the nation’s largest cities. There were a total of 238 homicides in Baltimore in 2009. With crime so prevalent in our charming city, there’s talk about some creative ways of preventing or solving crimes. Such as texting crime alerts to our cell phones, and using social networking websites like twitter or facebook to help solve crimes. Baltimore City Police Commissioner Fred Bealefeld discussed how important it is for community members to get involved to help prevent crime.
Anna Ditkoff, author of the City Paper’s Murder Inc column, will be reading the names of the deceased tonight. In addition to this third annual reading of Murder Inc, this year we are encouraged to participate by sharing something we have written, or our thoughts on the issue.
If you go:
Free event at The Single Carrot Theater
120 W. North Ave, Baltimore, MD
Free parking in back lot on Howard St.
Check out this related Nina Simone video on youtube.