Sunday, August 07, 2005

2 new Google Maps mashups track x-cons and crime.

Here are a few new mashups that take publicly accessible information and present in a Google maps fashion. Each of these joins an already growing list of sex offender and crime mapping Google Maps integrations, or "mashups". Take a look at the links along the right side of this blog for many more..

National Sex offender Google Maps mashup aggregates many sex offender databases into one map - Mapsexoffenders.com maps all sex offenders in Delaware, Montana, New Mexico, Rhode Island, Idaho, Mississippi, North Dakota, Kentucky, Arizona, Illinois, Tennessee, Wyoming, Hawaii, and Colorado, soon to map all 50 states, in an interactive easy to use way. Sex offender registries have been on the internet for many years but they are hard to find and even more difficult to use. Mapsexoffenders.com is simply a map. Each sex offender is highlighted on the map and you can zoom in to view the address, the offender and other information. The map links to the state registry for additional information such as the vehicles they drive and their convictions. Parents concerned about their neighborhood or those who are moving can use this free service to make sure they are in a safe neighborhood.
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Google Maps Crimes tracker for Richmond, VA, USA - Here is yet another city crimes tracker for the city of Richmond, Virginia in the U.S. Here are a few of the recent events that were plotted by specific address on a Google Map in this mashup:

3116 Amanda DR
Theft Of Motor Vehicle Parts/Accessories
Aug 2, 2005 – 8:30 PM
800 East Brookland Park BLVD
Shooting At/Within Occupied Dwelling
Aug 2, 2005 – 3:30 AM
802 West 29th ST
All Other Larceny
Aug 1, 2005 – 12:00 AM
706 North Belmont AVE
Burglary/B&E/Residential
Aug 1, 2005 – 10:30 AM
313 East 12th ST
Obscene/Threatening Phone Call
Aug 1, 2005 – 11:00 AM
200 West Grace ST
Court Documents
Aug 1, 2005 – 12:00 PM
4145 Old Brook ROAD
Theft From Building
Aug 1, 2005 – 1:00 PM

Information about police calls is no longer only limited to those listening to police scanners - now it's on the web!
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