PadMapper Launches New Crime Overlay; Apartment Hunters Everywhere Sigh in Relief

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PadMapper's newly released crime overlay tool puts an end to every apartment-seeker's worst nightmare: unknowingly moving to an unsafe neighborhood.

Often the excitement that goes along with discovering cheap rent overshadows the reality that the area may be unsafe. We are trying to stop the unwelcome surprises in apartment hunting

Using an interactive map that pulls apartment listings from Craigslist, Apartments.com, ForRent and others, PadMapper makes the exhaustive search for the "perfect pad"a pleasure. The website recently launched a new crime overlay tool that allows apartment hunters to see the safety of an area by color-code before they contact a landlord or sign a lease. Those searching for a new home will no longer experience the heartache of finding their dream place only to discover that it's in a high-crime area.

"We're starting the crime overlay feature in San Francisco and plan to release it in other cities soon," says Eric DeMenthon, Founder and President of PadMapper, Inc. "We wanted to give users, especially transplants and out-of-towners, a way to see the safety of a neighborhood before they make any decisions. Often the excitement that goes along with discovering cheap rent overshadows the reality that the area may be unsafe. We are trying to stop the unwelcome surprises in apartment hunting," he says.

To access the crime overlay, go to PadMapper.com and "hop to" San Francisco using the search tool. Click on "Filters," then "Super-Secret Advanced Features." Finally, check the crime overlay checkbox. A yellow, green, and red overlay will appear over the map.

Red signifies a high-crime area; yellow indicates some crime and green marks low crime. The crime overlay works in map, satellite, and hybrid mode. "It's simple to use and a natural extension of the map. PadMapper users have been requesting this feature for awhile. We're very excited to add it to our growing list of filters," DeMenthon says. ā€œIā€™d like to thank CrimeSpotting.org for making their crime data publicly accessible, without which creating this crime overlay would have been impossible.ā€

PadMapper also allows an apartment seeker to search by rent, number of bedrooms, cat or dog-friendly, commute time, Walk Score® (in select major US cities), and more. PadMapper launched in January 2009 and is available as an iPhone app and Android app.

About PadMapper:
PadMapper, a web application makes apartment hunting suck less by aggregating all the nation's apartments for rent into one interactive map. Eric DeMenthon developed PadMapper after a frustrating attempt to find an apartment in Manhattan using listing websites. Since its launch, the website has received over 1,000,000 unique visitors.

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