SxSW sees
Extreme
Growth in Attendance.

Every year, Austinites along with out of town music lovers, flood the city for it's ever popular live music festivals. Austin is known as the live music capital of the world, and hosts one of the biggest music festivals in the US, SxSW (South by SouthWest).

SxSW(South by South West) started in 1987 and has grown since then to become one of the "places to be" when it comes to live music. It's not just music that people come to enjoy. SxSW is also home to film, interactive media and conferences.

Since it's start, SxSW as well as the city of Austin have seen large numbers of people come in and out during the days that SxSW is running. With such large numbers of people, the crime within the city usually rises.

In this project, I wanted to visualize the crime during the SXSW and see how it compares to other months throughout the year as well as be able to see what crime is most common. I started by taking a whole year worth of data from the Austin City Website and breaking it down. First I wanted to see if the month of March( which is when SxSW is running) was the highest time for Austin to see crime.

It was very interesting to see that although in the month of March crime was high, it wasn't the highest month for crime. March actually ranked 3rd as far as crime rate. What I did find interesting was that thefts were very high during this time, the most compared to any other month.

Many attendees have noticed the growth in the crowds and can recall the long lines waiting to get in to certain events.

"It was crowded and we were waiting to get into one venue the line was pretty much wrapped around the whole outside of the venue," said Laura Lopez, a SxSW attendee. "So, we waited for almost two hours to actually get inside."

Seeing large crowds isn't something of a surprise to most festival goers, but also because more people are starting to attend the festival, there are larger crowds and more distraction for people which means, more opportunity for criminals to take their chance.

Many attendees have noticed the growth in the crowds and can recall the long lines waiting to get in to certain events.

"It was crowded and we were waiting to get into one venue the line was pretty much wrapped around the whole outside of the venue," said Laura Lopez, a SxSW attendee. "So, we waited for almost two hours to actually get inside."

Seeing large crowds isn't something of a surprise to most festival goers, but also because more people are starting to attend the festival, there are larger crowds and more distraction for people which means, more opportunity for criminals to take their chance.

"There were a lot of people drinking, so I'm pretty sure there was a lot of stuff going on as far as crime." Lopez said.

In 2014, Four SxSW attendees were killed and 21 were injured when a drunk driver drove into a crowd of people while trying to escape Austin Police. Two people were killed instantly and another two later from their injuries.

"I think people are more responsible since then[the 2014 crash]," said Lopez.

As the attendance increases, people will have to become more aware of their surroundings and be proactive when it comes to their property.

As any event where there are large amounts of people, there is always a possibility and risk of a crime that could occur. Some SxSW attendees say that even though the risk is there, it's not enough to keep them from going, they are just preparing themselves and being more aware of their surroundings.

"I have an alarm on my car and I wanna be careful of where my surroundings are where I park and be conscious of that," said Lopez. " But I mean I'd be worried but not enough to where I wouldn't go."

Because of this crash as well as the large numbers of people who are attending the festival, the city increased security during SXSW. KVUE recently reported that the Austin City council has announced that they will spend $1.5 million dollars to be able to pay more officers to work SxSW and even be able to hire officers from other surrounding precincts to be able to provide enough security. Many officers will be able to make overtime for attending the festival. Video courtesy of KVUE

Annual Rate of Crime in Austin

Day by Day SXSW

Thefts have been the highest crime during SxSW as you can see it remains highest above all crimes. Assaults is not far behind.

As the Year Goes By.

Data was taken for each month in 2015 and here you can see visually where the highest amount of crimes took place in Austin. The red illustrates where the most crimes took place.

January Theft

February Theft

March Theft

April Theft

May Theft

June Theft

July Theft

August Theft

September Theft

October Theft

November Theft

December Theft

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