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Free Online Crime Maps: The Good, the Bad, and the Spotty

Posted by Writing PIs on August 8, 2012


According to a recent article on Technorati, “The Future of Crime Detection and Security” by Greg Voakes, the most effective weapon for crime detection is information in crime maps. Crime mapping has been used by law enforcement analysts for years as a tool to not only see current crime trends, patterns and hot spots, but also where crimes are likely to occur in the future.

Below are links to several free, public crime maps (two of them also offer free, downloadable crime map apps).  We gave our .02 about these crime maps–click on a link to check out the service.

Online Crime Maps Developed by the Omega Group to help law enforcement agencies throughout North America provide the public with recent neighborhood crime activity. In checking this map for our state, only one city was listed. Mobile: Free app for iPhone. Must be at least 17 years old to download.

SpotCrime: Claims to be the most comprehensive online source for U.S. crime maps. In searching our region, we found current

crime data for larger cities and old crime data (dated 2011) for smaller cities.  You can also browse crime by state, set up crime alerts for a location and report a crime. The key map is handy for quickly identifying types of crimes.

Trulia Crime Maps: This crime map from Trulia, the real estate website, is in its beta stage. It pulls crime data from SpotCrime and Everyblock. Only a handful of regions are available, but for those cities currently available, the results are impressive: the number of crimes in area, a “heat” map that provides a color range for number and types of incidences in a block, cross streets of crimes, and a crime trends graph.

Neighborhood Update: This service pulls crime data from law enforcement agencies in the U.S. who are Ops Force (patrol analysis software) customers. We checked a major city in our state and there was no data. We then checked Los Angeles, California, and there was no data.  We’re guessing not too many law enforcement agencies are using Ops Force?

RaidsOnline: This public crime map claims to be the public face of a more robust crime-sharing and analysis system for law-enforcement. It took longer to load on our computer, but we easily found results for a handful of cities in our region (interesting, though, not the larger metropolitan cities). In checking crime data stats for a nearby city, the results were up-to-date (compared to other crime maps that offered month-old to years-old data).

RaidsOnline Mobile: This app is for iPhone or iPad.

Have a great week, Writing PIs

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4 Responses to “Free Online Crime Maps: The Good, the Bad, and the Spotty”

  1. Michael said

    What about the Android platform? is only available on crApple products.

  2. A very handy list which can be used in connection to neighbourhood reports.

    Great finds!

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