Letter to the editor: Edgehill neighbors refute 'dangerous' label

Friday, May 3, 2013 at 3:38pm
By Daynise D. Couch, executive director of Organized Neighbors of Edgehill

The Organized Neighbors of Edgehill would like to respond to the recent article about NeighborhoodScout’s listing of our community as being one of the twenty-five most dangerous neighborhoods in the nation.

There are many residents who will attest to the level of safety in our community. Certainly there is crime in our community, like in many other comparable neighborhoods, but not to the degree that this website has asserted.

NeighborhoodScout is a for-profit business designed to impact the real-estate market. The site offers statistics not for the benefit of public interest, but to sway homebuyers into buying (or not buying) homes in certain neighborhoods. The fact that this data is being compiled by a for-profit business whose interest is profits, in lieu of a nonprofit organization that is accountable to public interest makes the data questionable at best.

According to their own website, NeighborhoodScout uses mathematical algorithms that they created to compile data. They do not share the algorithms with the public so there is no true way of knowing what other determining factors they use. NeighborhoodScout admits on their website that their crime estimates are only 87 percent accurate in most cases. The disclaimer “in most cases” is a vague admittance that the accuracy could in fact be lower. When you compare their data with the much more accurate and accountable data from our local law enforcement there are clear discrepancies.

Edgehill is a wonderful community that experiences crime like many other neighborhoods but it is definitely not one of the worst in the country. In fact, Edgehill does not have the highest crime rates in Nashville. The motives of this skewed report from NeighborhoodScout are unclear but it is a definite reminder to always investigate the source of reports before sounding false alarms.

 

Daynise D. Couch

Executive Director of Organized Neighbors of Edgehill

 

4 Comments on this post:

By: Loner on 5/3/13 at 10:56

Methinks Daynise doth protest too much.

By: yogiman on 5/4/13 at 5:35

Methinks it's great to stand about your beliefs firmly... with both of your feet on the ground. And don't back off on letting others know your beliefs.

By: bfra on 5/5/13 at 3:19

By: yogiman on 5/4/13 at 6:35
Methinks
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With what?

By: yogiman on 5/5/13 at 6:20

A brain, bfra. And compared to yours, I only need a half of one.