Crime Reports Assignment
For this assignment I went to the government center in Minneapolis. I was a little unsure at first to go, but I asked a security guard who directed me to the correct location.
The lady at the desk was really nice. She She explained the procedure to us. We could look through the crime reprt books and find the report we wanted and then type in the number on the computer they had available to the public and then print the report off.
I chose to get reports that had to do with uptown since I am reporting on uptown crime. The book of reports was only the current month, but the woman gave us the number for the place that would give us past reports and crime statistics. This info was very helpful as I needed to find crime statistics.
A few of the reports I looked for were off limits to the public due to special circumstances surrounding the crime.
Printing cost 25 cents per page.
The two reportas I printed off were:
1) A DWI where the perpetraitor blocked traffic and was booked on a 4th degree DWI charge, and
2) A girl who reported her wallet stolen.
The wallet report was interesting as it dealt with someone that I knew. The girl was at All-State choir camp with me in high school and we have talked a few times since then. It was interesting to find someone I knew not only int the area I'm researching, but as in a crime report.
The amoutn of crime reports were amazing. The books was very thick for just one month of reports. I noticed a lot of different areas in the book, Uptown was not in it as much as other areas. It led me to a new hypothesis for my story: Whether the increase in crime is actual or sensationalism by reporters via a few more high profile crimes.
Getting the reports was really easy. It took very little time. I feel it is an act that is very doable for the average citizen. Looking through the book took time, but if you knew a date and address it would have been very simple.
Crime report 1 # - CCN: MP-07-092636
Crime Report 2 # - CCN: MP-07-997825