For the project DECODIFICANDO LA SEGURIDAD, CONVIVENCIA Y VIGILANCIA EN MEDELLÍN, Andrés Pérez-Coronado, Carolina Arrieta, Andrés Felipe Bañol, Rafael Barrera Quiroz and Mariana Gómez worked on a data analytic research about motorcycle theft in Medellín. The study looked not only at how socio-demographic variables and geography influence this phenomenon, but also considered the city’s economy and investment in public security policies. As part of a collaboration with the Center of Political Analysis (Centro de Análisis Político) of EAFIT University and in partnership with the Edgelands Institute, the group of researchers –oriented by Andrés Pérez-Coronado– contributed for 8 weeks to a collective reflection about the ways that data analysis can improve safety and surveillance in Medellín.
Observing the high number of motorcycle theft in Medellín, the researchers collected information from MEData, a portal filled with open data about the city, as well as from the System for Security and Social Coexistence - Sistema de Información para la Seguridad y la Convivencia - SISC - (an organization that is also the proponent of this project). They combined them with information about Medellín's estimated economic growth, measured by its GDP. Aligning statistics, rates, classifications, maps, and literature, the work ‘CARACTERIZACIÓN DEL HURTO A MOTOS EN MEDELLÍN ¿POR QUÉ ROBAN EN UNAS ZONAS MÁS QUE EN OTRAS?’ offers insights that could contribute to discussions regarding public investment and urban design. In aiming to answer the question of whether it is possible to identify spatial and temporal variables that make some areas of the city more favorable for motorcycle theft, this study can help us imagine new ways in which improving a territory’s economic development could strengthen the sense of community, by making them safer.
DECODIFICANDO LA VIGILANCIA, CONVIVENCIA Y SEGURIDAD EN MEDELLÍN is a research-focused project that analyzed and visualized data on security and surveillance in Medellín. 20 young researchers from different fields were divided into six groups, led by a mentor. In collaboration with the Center of Political Analysis of the EAFIT University and the Edgelands Institute, the participants worked weekly for 8 sessions from 02/03 to 27/04/2022 reflecting on how data can improve local dialog and public policies in the city. Both the questions and the data were provided by Colombian institutions concerned with security issues, such as the House of Strategies (Casa de las Estrategias) and the Information System for Security and Social Coexistence (Sistema de Información para la Seguridad y la Convivencia - SISC). Convivencia---SISC)).