Thanks to advances in web technology and GIS mapping, cities are making crime information easily available to its citizens. Previously, I had reported on Los Angeles county’s web tool on crime mapping that used Google Maps. Developers at Stamen Design, a technology and design studio based in San Francisco has taken a page from this experiment and developed its own ‘crimespotting’ web-based visualization tool for the city of Oakland:
If you hear sirens in your neighborhood, you should know why. Crimespotting makes this possible with interactive maps, e-mail updates, and RSS feeds of crimes in areas that you care about.
I love Stamen Design’s work and remain impressed with their other design experiments like Trulia and Cabspotting.