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At commenter modelenoir’s suggestion, we’ve mapped out today’s Blotter items (RSS readers, you might have to click through, sorry!). What do you think? Useful? Unnecessary? We’d love to hear feedback, in the comments or by email.

Monday, 1/25/10



10:13 PM: Two men reportedly shoved a third to the ground on the 2200 block of Mission, then allegedly wrested his wallet from him before fleeing on foot. No one’s been arrested, and the victim wasn’t seriously injured.

10:40 PM: A man was at 21st and Capp when another man reportedly asked him for a cigarette — but that request was, seemingly, a diversion, as another man came up from behind the requestee and knocked him to the ground. The two men allegedly robbed the grounded guy of his cell phone, then fled on foot. The victim’s injuries weren’t serious, and no one’s been arrested.


View SF Appeal Crime Blotter, Tuesday Jan. 26 in a larger map

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Eve Batey is the editor and publisher of the San Francisco Appeal. She used to be the San Francisco Chronicle's Deputy Managing Editor for Online, and started at the Chronicle as their blogging and interactive editor. Before that, she was a co-founding writer and the lead editor of SFist. She's been in the city since 1997, presently living in the Outer Sunset with her husband, cat, and dog. You can reach Eve at eve@sfappeal.com.

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  • bloomsm

    A crime map is one of those “do I really want to know this” kind of things. Kind of like when they bring in the fluoroscope and you can see all the bugs on your hotel bedspread. Ick.

  • bloomsm

    A crime map is one of those “do I really want to know this” kind of things. Kind of like when they bring in the fluoroscope and you can see all the bugs on your hotel bedspread. Ick.

  • modelenoir

    Bloom: To your point, would you prefer that Eve quit posting the blotter altogether?

    I like the map. Yesterday would have been a better example, but no complaints about having little crime to report.

    In some instances, I think it helps put the blotter into a more personal context.
    People tend to be familiar with the a certain radius around their home, and a set of cross-streets can be identified as being in that familiar radius.

    Destination spots (restaurants/bars/schools/gym/etc) have a different place in the mind than a place of residence, and the map helps visualize what’s happening in an area. I would guess that people are less familiar with the surrounding areas of destination spots, making cross-streets hard to identify as relevant to their daily life. The map helps visualize the crimes in an area and adds personal context to crimes in areas that we may frequent.

    Also, when crimes happen on small streets/alleys, they may go unnoticed as a part of someone’s familiar area.

    Example from yesterday’s blotter:
    “7:15 PM: A man was reportedly walking home on Parsons (a little street near the Panhandle) when he was robbed at gunpoint by another man, who then ran away. No injuries, no arrests.”

    Peace.

  • modelenoir

    Bloom: To your point, would you prefer that Eve quit posting the blotter altogether?

    I like the map. Yesterday would have been a better example, but no complaints about having little crime to report.

    In some instances, I think it helps put the blotter into a more personal context.
    People tend to be familiar with the a certain radius around their home, and a set of cross-streets can be identified as being in that familiar radius.

    Destination spots (restaurants/bars/schools/gym/etc) have a different place in the mind than a place of residence, and the map helps visualize what’s happening in an area. I would guess that people are less familiar with the surrounding areas of destination spots, making cross-streets hard to identify as relevant to their daily life. The map helps visualize the crimes in an area and adds personal context to crimes in areas that we may frequent.

    Also, when crimes happen on small streets/alleys, they may go unnoticed as a part of someone’s familiar area.

    Example from yesterday’s blotter:
    “7:15 PM: A man was reportedly walking home on Parsons (a little street near the Panhandle) when he was robbed at gunpoint by another man, who then ran away. No injuries, no arrests.”

    Peace.

  • bloomsm

    I like the blotter a lot. For better or for worse, it is probably good to know what areas are safer and where to watch yourself. Everyone once in a while it scares me, like when the cops find a grow house around the corner from me and there are sawed-off shotguns inside.

    The maps at sfgov are amazing. They tell a story, in their own way.

  • bloomsm

    I like the blotter a lot. For better or for worse, it is probably good to know what areas are safer and where to watch yourself. Everyone once in a while it scares me, like when the cops find a grow house around the corner from me and there are sawed-off shotguns inside.

    The maps at sfgov are amazing. They tell a story, in their own way.