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  • Douglas Oeser

What’s the Point?

So what’s the point of this blog? Why am I writing about crime and publicly available data? Well, for one, my background is in Criminology, which has primarily taken the form of data analysis throughout my career. After serving as an Intelligence Analyst for the U.S. Army, I attended the University of Tennessee where I obtained my MA in Sociology with a concentration in Criminology. From there, I went onto to serve as a Crime Analyst for the City of Asheville, NC. Given my background in Criminology, much of my discussion here centers around harms that lead to crimes or result from crimes; particularly in relation to Asheville because that is my community. Since I’ve analyzed data for over 15 years, it continues to be the main way in which I approach the issues I hope to address. For I believe that in order to confront the numerous harms afflicting our society, we must first understand them through the data we have available.

Therefore, it is my intent through these blog posts to share insights derived from public data, frame the data around the issue of harm, and explain why these issues matter. I want to provide simple synopses that serve as points of reference in a public discourse which is necessary to address our societal harms. While there is so much information publicly available, there seems to be few places in which all that information is summarized simply for the everyday person. I hope to fill that gap in the best way I know how. But more than just informing the public discourse, I want these facts to bear action and lead to new outcomes. While deliberation is necessary, it is crucial that the discussion not be the end, but the beginning of a course of action that will support those suffering most in our community.

All views and opinions expressed on this website are my own and do not represent the opinions of any entity with which I have been, am now, or will be affiliated. All data provided is publicly sourced and referenced. My intent is to keep each post as brief as possible and state the facts as straightforward as possible. If you would like to know more, have a suggestion for a future blog post, or have any questions about previous posts or publicly available data, please feel free to email me at Thank you for taking the time to read my posts. Now let’s go out and make a difference together.

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