This is just a quick post to mark the release of some fine online crime maps or crime heatmaps for the City of Dallas, Texas.
The Dallas crime maps that you’re about to see here today are just examples taken from an exciting, ambitious online mapping technology called Crime Maps that is just launched by Trulia. Crime Maps is truly a big ambitious project since Trulia has plans to provide crime maps for the whole 50 US counties! Whoa!
Trulia describes their new online mapping technology as an:
“…innovative and proprietary social crime mapping technology that allows consumers to view, explore, compare, interact and comment on crime data across the US. With Crime Maps, Trulia gives consumers hyper-local visibility into the good, bad and ugly dynamics of neighborhoods, enabling them to make better decisions about where to buy or rent a home.”
According to Trulia, Crime Maps gathers data from various providers such as CrimeReports.com, EveryBlock.com, SpotCrime.com and each data provider has links with the local news and law enforcement agencies. I guess this is the reason why I’m very much impressed with Crime Maps. I have seen a few online crime maps before but Trulia’s Crime Maps is certainly one of the best that I have seen so far!
I have to mention that Trulia’s Crime Maps is also a socially-driven online mapping technology. It is powered by Facebook, allowing Facebook users to add feedbacks, suggestions, comments and advice. This is great for it empowers the general public to fight crime in their neighborhoods. Excellent! Well done, Trulia!