Say you're sitting around, wondering how many arsons and aggravated assaults happened in your neighborhood ... wait, you don't do that? Maybe it's just us crime reporters ... ?
Anyhow, now you can look that stuff up online under a new partnership the Philadelphia Police Department has with CrimeReports.com, in which the cops will publish preliminary crime statistics using Google-based mapping and analytics. Users will be able to search six months worth of "Part I" data - that's the serious stuff, like murder, assault, rape, robbery and property crimes like burglary and theft - based on address, crime and date. (Part II crimes are things like forgery, curfew offenses, disorderly conduct, vandalism and prostitution; the FBI makes the distinction in their Uniform Crime Reports.)
“Helping our communities stay informed is a necessary part of our crime prevention strategy,” Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey said.
Users can access the data through www.phillypolice.com or directly through www.crimereports.com. CrimeReports also offers a free iPhone app.