Just over a year ago Santa brought us a scanner for Christmas. Our early plans for it were pretty minor – we only wanted a way to check up on details when we heard sirens around the neighborhood. But once we started listening, we had a hard time turning it off. Even the small events had these little bits of drama in them that made it irresistible. We started off simple, just writing down the occasional event that was interesting, and over time evolved into the real-time mapped report you see today.
In the last year we had 3,437 individual scanner entries. The most memorable came across at about 11:15am on January 30th, when an exasperated-sounding dispatcher cut in on the radio and said “We just received a call that shots have been fired at 23rd & Union and a man is laying in the street bleeding”. I ran to the scene just as medics were arriving to attempt life-saving measures on Philly’s owner Degene Berecha Deshasa. Unfortunately, they were not successful.
Here’s the full round-up:
232 Shoplifting events (map) – The winning location? QFC at Broadway & Pike. They pulled ahead in the last 2 months to best Goodwill with a score of 61 to 56. I guess it’s a bit comforting to know that most shoplifting is for the basics: food and 2nd-hand clothing.
Should be interesting to see what pops up on the scanner in 2009. Stay tuned….