With our information, citizens' awareness of their surroundings will increase and subsequently they will be able to make safer decisions. There is wisdom in the noise, and we hope to draw attention to crime hot spots to help direct policy and resources in the prevention of crime.
Baltimore, MD (PRWEB) October 1, 2009
iPhone users in San Francisco can now take advantage of a new application that will allow them to track recent crime activity in their neighborhoods or current locations, creating their own personalized crime reports.
SpotCrime San Francisco - which has been chosen as a showcase application on the new DataSF App Showcase link (http://datasf.org/showcase/) - enables iPhone users to identify high crime areas in the sections of the city in which they are traveling.
Users also can obtain specific details about each crime occurrence by selecting individual crime incidents. Crime incidents are displayed with icons representing different types of crime, including shooting, robbery, assault, theft, burglary, arson, and vandalism.
"By using the iPhone's GPS to find your location, SpotCrime San Francisco provides up-to-date details on actual crime incidents that have occurred in a specific area," says SpotCrime Founder and President Colin Drane. According to Drane, SpotCrime's iPhone application allows users to:
View crimes by proximity or date;
Obtain detailed descriptions of the crimes listed;
Share crime incidents with others via email;
Identify nearby crimes with the iPhone Maps application; and
Receive updated crime data on a daily basis.
"Through our proprietary sourcing model, SpotCrime pulls crime incident data from multiple sources, including state and local police departments and validated news sources to produce a comprehensive record of local crime information," explains Drane.
SpotCrime, which is headquartered in Baltimore, MD, is the largest independent data and news company mapping crime worldwide. To date, SpotCrime has partnered primarily with media companies to make its crime data available to individuals on a localized basis.
SpotCrime currently partners with more than 50 major media companies to make crime data available, including Belo (NYSE:BLC, belo.com), one of the country's largest pure-play, publicly-traded television companies; Newport Television (newporttv.com), which owns stations in 22 markets nationwide; Fisher Communications (fsci.com), which owns or manages 20 television stations and eight radio stations in the Pacific Northwest; Capitol Broadcasting Company (cbc-raleigh.com), with stations in Raleigh, Charlotte, and Durham, NC.; and most recently Local TV, LLC (localtvllc.com), which owns and manages broadcast stations in 19 markets nationwide.
"Regardless of whether individuals are receiving crime data by visiting a media outlet's website or through their iPhone, SpotCrime's founding principle remains the same: information is power and it is the right of every citizen to have easy access to crime information in their neighborhood," says Drane.
"We strongly believe that intended and unintended positive social consequences will evolve from SpotCrime," Drane adds. "With our information, citizens' awareness of their surroundings will increase and subsequently they will be able to make safer decisions. There is wisdom in the noise, and we hope to draw attention to crime hot spots to help direct policy and resources in the prevention of crime."
As an unbiased crime source, SpotCrime does not selectively report or judge crimes and is the only company mapping crime that does not partner with local police departments.
"Though we have great relationships with the police, we believe in complete transparency and independence, which ensures that we remain unbiased in our reporting," notes Drane.
That transparency is in part responsible for SpotCrime San Francisco's selection to The DataSF App Showcase. The Showcase celebrates the innovators and innovations that are championing San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom's vision for a more collaborative and open government. The public can view examples of new ways in which Bay Area constituents are using City data to improve San Francisco by going to http://datasf.org/showcase/.
For more information about SpotCrime, visit the company's website at http://www.spotcrime.com.