Monday, June 29, 2009

Data You Can Use

Someone has asked that the Growler publish links to the City's crime statistics sites.

Your wish is my command: on the far right column, you will find two new links. The first is to the Alexandria Police Department's online crime database, which includes a simple search function by location, date or type of crime. Unfortunately there is little detail although it does indicate if the case has been closed or is still open.

The second link is crimereports.com. This site receives data from the Alexandria Police Department and displays reports graphically on a map, which is very meaningful to residents here.

Make sure you go to the button labeled "Crime Types" and select "Show All" if you want to see the entire crime picture for the neighborhood. There is also an option to filter by date ranges.