Saginaw Valley State University students and professors are teaming up to help Saginaw police fight crime.
The project looks to identify where in the city crime is likely to happen based on trends.
The project places dots on a map that represent a pattern of violent crimes occurring in Saginaw over the last eight years.
It is the brainchild of two students at SVSU. Emily Gennrich worked for a year on the project, mapping crime trends in the city of Saginaw.
Gennrich, who grew up in Saginaw, said the dots represent more than just statistics.
"I really wanted to show that it's not the entire city, it shouldn't have such a bad reputation. People shouldn't be scared to go into the city because there are some really safe spots," Gennrich said.
That's why she said she was compelled to do something. With the help of professors Andrew Miller and James Bower, the students found hot spots, areas of the city most susceptible to crime.
"What is important about the research, this allows us to measure it, to prove what's going on in an area," Bower said.
They believe they can not only predict where crime will occur consistently, but when, right down to the time of day.
"If they think maybe crime is moving over the long term we can show them statical proof it may not be and it may be located right where it always has been," Miller said.
The group took their findings to Saginaw Police Chief Brian Lipe, who they say was receptive.
Gennrich, who recently graduated, said working on the project has impacted her in ways she would have never imagined.
"Not only was it academically rewarding, but life filling. It makes you feel like you're a part of the greater community," Gennrich said.
The study also found one of the safest areas in Saginaw was the downtown area.
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