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Problem Title: City Crime and Safety

  Year: 2015      
  Student Level: High School      
  Source: HiMCM      
  Commentary: Yes (1)      
  Student Papers: Yes (4)      

What can we make of the massive amount of crime statistics collected in major cities? Beyond just reporting numbers, how can we use these data to determine the safeness of a city?

Assume that you and your modeling team live in My City, a large international hub of commerce, technology, finance and travel, with a current population of 2.8 million people impacted by a metropolitan area of an additional approximately 6 million people.

The data set provided (My_City_Crime_Data.xlsx) shows two weeks from police reports in My City and includes crimes listed by case number, date of occurrence, primary and secondary crime descriptions, crime location, whether an arrest was made, whether or not this was domestic crime, and the beat number of the police route.

Part I: Using mathematical modeling, analyze the data. Create a safety rating for My City. Use your safety rating to specify a measure of how safe My City is.

Part II: In addition to the HiMCM contest format, prepare a 1-2 page non-technical report for the Mayor of My City to describe your findings.


Consortium Article

  Student Papers      

Team 5473: City Crime and Safety

Shenzhen Middle School, Shenzhen, China


Team 5967: City Crime and Safety

Malibu High School, CA, USA


Team 6018: City Crime and Safety

Mills Godwin High School, VA, USA


Team 6129: No Safety, Know Pain, Know Safety, No Pain

llinois Mathematics and Science Academy, IL, USA