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Today the SFPD announced a third locally-focused crime mapping site, CrimeMapping.com. According to the press release they sent, folks can query and “map calls for police services to incidents near an address.” They say you can also sign up for email reports of crime in a specific area.

CrimeMapping follows CrimeReports and EveryBlock into the market, and the SFPD notes that

all three sites allow the public to access San Francisco Police Department Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) crime information for a particular address based on a radius the user selects. Each site has its own manner of presentation, but supplies essentially the same information

We’ve just started poking around CrimeMapping today, and it does seem pretty nifty (the tiny hamburgler mask and ski mask icons are tops). What do you guys think? Do y’all use services like these, and, if so, for what?

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Eve Batey is the editor and publisher of the San Francisco Appeal. She used to be the San Francisco Chronicle's Deputy Managing Editor for Online, and started at the Chronicle as their blogging and interactive editor. Before that, she was a co-founding writer and the lead editor of SFist. She's been in the city since 1997, presently living in the Outer Sunset with her husband, cat, and dog. You can reach Eve at eve@sfappeal.com.

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  • bloomsm

    These are great maps. It’s good to know what’s going on around you, to be aware of the kinds of risks that exist in your own neighborhood. Don’t be a victim of a crime. Simple precautions make a safer city, even in so-called “safe” ‘hoods.

  • bloomsm

    These are great maps. It’s good to know what’s going on around you, to be aware of the kinds of risks that exist in your own neighborhood. Don’t be a victim of a crime. Simple precautions make a safer city, even in so-called “safe” ‘hoods.

  • cedichou

    I could not find an icon for drugs or shootings. Is it in a different category?

  • cedichou

    I could not find an icon for drugs or shootings. Is it in a different category?

  • Eve Batey

    They have icons for it if you click on the “crime types” tab on the left in the top nav, but I don’t see those icons used on the map. Or in the “detailed report.” Let me see if there’s a contact and I’ll ask them.

  • Eve Batey

    They have icons for it if you click on the “crime types” tab on the left in the top nav, but I don’t see those icons used on the map. Or in the “detailed report.” Let me see if there’s a contact and I’ll ask them.

  • bloomsm

    @cedichou: shootings may be included within “assaults”.

  • bloomsm

    @cedichou: shootings may be included within “assaults”.

  • cedichou

    Maybe it’s in assaults, but what I’d really like to know if it’s a murder or not.

  • cedichou

    Maybe it’s in assaults, but what I’d really like to know if it’s a murder or not.