As part of the multi-year award from the United States Department of Justice, UM-Flint researchers are developing and implementing sustainable crime prevention strategies along Flint’s University Avenue corridor. This corridor is home to some of Flint’s largest employers but also plagued by poverty, blight, and high crime. The goal is to transform the University Avenue corridor into an attractive and crime-free community conducive to sustainable development. According to the project team, the overall strategy involves targeting law enforcement intervention, increasing community engagement, and reducing blight in the area. The project is intended to result in long-term resources that not only improve safety within the study area but are replicable and scalable to other areas of Flint.
Troy Rosencrants, Manager of the UM-Flint GIS Center, has begun analyzing existing spatial and temporal patterns of crime within the study area, constructing spatial models to verify and prioritize crime hot spots, and identifying environmental variables contributing to crime. UM-Flint’s combined GIS and Public Health expertise will be used to analyze crime patterns and offer insight into the causes behind these patterns. In addition, GIS will be used to help assess community needs and available resources, as well as to evaluate project outcomes.