Thursday, April 12, 2007

My latest google maps hack: crime in the hood

When google recently announced their new "My Maps" feature I knew I had to try it out, the only question was, what map do I want to build?

I tried mapping my Flickr snapshots. But Flickr had already done that. Not too interesting.

Then it occured to me that I get a daily Ingleside Police Station Crime Report email that lists all of the police activity for that day that includes the address of the incident. Bingo. So I started mapping crime reports. This is what I came up with. It currently covers the four days from April 2nd through April 5th, listing the arrests and criminal incidents. No, I will not maintain this map. I just used it as a way to learn about this feature. But it does offer an interesting view on the crime in our hood...

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