City Refines Online Maps to Display Crime in Parks
Wednesday April 2, 2014
Incidents in parks now tied to physical address
Louisville Metro Government has refined the city’s online maps to more accurately display crimes that occur in local parks.
This improvement resulted from questions that arose from the recent crime by teenagers and young adults that started in Waterfront Park and moved into parts of downtown.
Before the change, crimes in parks were being reported by GPS coordinate, but the city’s crime map only accepted physical address. As a result, crimes in parks were automatically displaying in a parking lot at 5th and Liberty streets, the geographic coordinate for “the City of Louisville.”
The situation has been corrected and the maps now display significant crimes that happen in parks, from Waterfront to Shawnee to Cherokee to Jefferson Memorial Forest.
The city’s maps show Part I FBI crimes — the most serious charges that includes homicides, auto theft, assaults, vandalism and robbery. The city’s technology team is now using physical addresses for the parks so that the crimes are more accurately displayed. Because of the vast areas covered by parks, crimes will show as a single pin. People should click on the pin to see all crimes in that area of the park.
To view the maps, and to search for crimes by neighborhoods or address, visit http://www.louisvilleky.gov/metropolice/crimemaps
The crime maps are part of the Fischer administration’s commitment to open data and transparency -- and part of a broader effort to put more information and services online. In the past three years, the city has increased crime information available to citizens by creating crime text and email alerts by police beat. To sign up, visit www.louisvilleky.gov/metropolice
Since the crime map was introduced in 2007, it has only displayed FBI Part 1 crimes. LMPD and Metro Technology are in discussions about expanding the information on the maps to include all crimes.