Crime mapping: good or bad?

There’s a certain amount of anxiety about crime mapping. One report at the weekend suggested that making crime stats publicly available in map form gives criminals intelligence they would not otherwise have. Mashable are fans though. And they point to this site called Spot Crime which maps where incidents take place. It’s success clearly depends on the quality of data input. Compare the totality of London with just one small part of New York State, Yonkers. It won’t go down well with the tourist industry though.

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  • India

    What an eye-opener! When will it be available locally I wonder…

  • wild turkey

    ‘When will it be available locally I wonder… ‘

    India, using Google earth you can already zoom in on Stormont.

  • … using Google earth you can already zoom in on Stormont.

    Multimap is even better – you can get a ‘bird’s eye’ view from all four compass points. You can virtually look into the windows.

    Multimap.com

  • Slugger O’Toole Admin

    The data’s the thing guys, not the map. Downtown Yonkers makes Belfast seem quiet by comparison.

  • Yvette Doll

    I really got dumped on by err.. a major political party in West Belfast, for mapping arson attacks and so on and so forth. I won’t do it again, it was that unpleasant. I’ve a thick skin, but, it is tough to tell Big Brother Number One, stuff he don’t want to hear.

    By the way, my CCTV prediction, Gay Pride 08 central Belfast, it apparently did go missing or got lost, I want max points for that outraging Public Decency crystal ball thing. We have a new grant assisted mafia in town!

  • Yvette Doll

    “Downtown Yonkers makes Belfast seem quiet by comparison.”

    I get more joy out of the NYPD than the PSNI. I can get the NYPD to do what I want, and the PSNI has a list of off-limit issues,

    the CCTV going missing, blurred, lost, etc. is a case in point. It was obvious it was not going to be there because SF and Amnesty didn’t want anybody prosecuted.

  • eranu

    the icons used make it look more like a funny board game. you can imagine the northern ireland version…
    overall i think its a good idea. nothing like a map covered in crime icons to kick police and politicians asses with.

  • Yvette Doll

    “overall i think its a good idea. nothing like a map covered in crime icons to kick police and politicians asses with.”

    The twenty or so lap-dancers ( or was it forty?) living a few doors up from the McDowell helped to get Mary Harney to squash the permits.

    We might have said forty girls, you know how difficult it is to count lap-dancers, I am only human, in the Independent it was forty or so, it was ( in reality) like 22 or 23 girls in the house. That’s mapping.

  • It’s already available… on the Belfast Telegraph web site! Have a look here: http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/nicrimemap/

    Disclosure: My company Banjax http://banjax.com built it. And we plan to do more like it. We’ll even take suggestions for new public service web sites if you want to make them (as long as we feel we learn something new along the way)! Enjoy!

  • Hi there. A local crime map has been on the Belfast Telegraph’s website for some time now…

    http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/nicrimemap/

    Surprised it hasn’t been spotted. Although Slugger seems to ignore most things on the Belfast Telegraph.