Improved Crime Mapping Available Online
Tuesday January 8, 2013
Google-mapping technology also improves other maps for citizens
Louisville residents can now more easily keep tabs on crime that is occurring in their neighborhood with improved maps available on the city government’s website – www.louisvilleky.gov. The mapping tool uses the popular Google map technology to pinpoint crimes ranging from homicides and assaults to burglary and auto theft.
The new maps -- which are larger, download faster and are easier to use -- also help educate citizens as to which police district they live in. By simply entering an address, the map displays crimes that have occurred in that area and users are automatically prompted to subscribe to emails sent by the Louisville Metro Police Department which show crime trends in the user’s area. By adding a date range, the maps show all crimes that have occurred in that period.
“These improved maps are part of our goal to be transparent and to provide information and services faster and more efficiently to citizens,” Mayor Greg Fischer said. “The ability for people to see where and what types of crimes are happening helps them be partners with our police officers who are committed to community-oriented and data-driven policing.”
The crime maps are available at: http://www.louisvilleky.gov/MetroPolice/CrimeMaps/
Property Maintenance, Construction Permits and ABC License Maps
Improved maps are also available online that help citizens track property maintenance complaint cases, construction permits and existing alcoholic beverage licenses. All city maps and other data – including snow and ice removal, where to vote and the “Map It” tool which shows garbage, recycling and junk pick-up dates --- can be found at the top of the home page of the city’s website, by clicking on the tab called “Maps & Data.”
These new maps are also available on the city’s Open Data Portal (http://data.louisvilleky.gov), which allows raw data sets to be downloaded and repurposed by anyone, including IT developers seeking to build apps or online tools in creative new ways using city data.
The new maps were developed in-house by the city’s Technology Services department.
Metro Government’s efforts to improve efficiency and provide information and services online to citizens resulted in the city being named in November the top “Digital City” in America for 2012.