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Open data vs Public Data vs Proprietary Data
When talking about crime data, is there a distinction between open, public, and proprietary crime data. Absolutely. What is open data? Open data is data that’s available in a machine readable format without restrictions on the ability to use, consume, or sh...
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Why is Public Crime Mapping Such a Powerful Tool?
To be honest, it’s not a very powerful tool. We believe public crime maps are just the bare bones. Engagement and open data are more powerful tools. Engagement is a key metric in determining if a product is successful or useful. We measure engagement by ema...
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The SpotCrime Open Crime Data Standard
There are already methods for agencies to share information among each other like N-Dex , NEIM , GJXDM . But what about sharing information openly with the public? Currently, Baltimore shares data differently than Baltimore County who shares it differently ...
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From BC to Boston, SpotCrime Maps Crime in America!
We’ve got crime coast to coast covered in America (and across the pond, too!). Yes, Canada is in the same America as Boston - the continent of North America that is! We started mapping Nanaimo, a city just west of Vancouver, British Columbia in Canada on Va...
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This is a really cool free service. Keep track of crime in areas that interest your such as your neighborhood or in areas where you are thinking about purchasing a home.
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Still Mapping Crime in Charlotte, NC
We're still hard at work mapping crime in Charlotte, NC . Although our crime data feed was turned off, and then restored at a delayed rate back in August, we are striving to keep our maps up to date for our users in Charlotte by mapping more recent crimes f...
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In general, it is a good thing when public agencies use open technologies to deliver public information to the public rather than a proprietary system that gives the vendor the power to regulate access to the public.   Hampton has just moved away from an open approach to a proprietary approach.   Long term, this is bad for public access and could potentially increase costs by giving monopoly control to one vendor. 
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Ask Your Police Agency to be Open with Crime Data
SpotCrime.info on a mobile browser You may think that SpotCrime is simply a crime map and really cool crime alerts. Well, we’ve become a lot more than that since our launch in 2007. We want public crime information in the hands of every person as quickly as...
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A Relationship Between Transparency and Dangerous Cities
We find it unfair sometimes to compare cities using the FBI UCR reports because some agencies report on crimes differently . However, LawStreetMedia ranked the top 10 most dangerous cities under 200,000 in population and we thought it would be interesting t...
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From BC to Boston, SpotCrime Maps Crime in America!
We’ve got crime coast to coast covered in America (and across the pond, too!). Yes, Canada is in the same America as Boston - the continent of North America that is! We started mapping Nanaimo, a city just west of Vancouver, British Columbia in Canada on Va...
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SpotCrime Helps with Your Home Search
Moving soon? Renting or planning to buy? SpotCrime can help! Crime is a big issue that comes to mind when you find yourself in a move. Nobody wants to put themselves or their family in a potentially harmful area or situation. SpotCrime is the most visited c...
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SpotCrime maps crime around the world.