Midland Police Launches CrimePlot New Crime Mapping Tool

Midland Police launches CrimePlot.com as tool for the community to visualize crime and police calls for service.

We have just launched a new crime mapping tool that is publicly available at http://www.crimeplot.com/agency/1/midland-police-service.html. This new website (CrimePlot.com) is owned and managed by the Midland Police Service. Developed by S/Constable Bill Gordon, the service's IT Manager, the concept is to allow our citizens to visualize criminal activity and police calls for service in and around the community. The site is built to be mobile-device friendly, so it should work on your smartphones and tablets as well as your desktop computers.

The mapping data is an extract from our master database and only contains incidents that meet public disclosure eligibility. We won't provide detailed locations for any specific incident and the co-ordinates have a margin of error induced to help anonymize the visualizations.

Incident classifications that could lead to the identity of a victim have not been included on this map. You won't find incidents for sudden deaths (natural causes), suicides, suicide attempts, mental health issues, domestic violence, child abuse etc...

In addition, we don't publish frauds, court process, bail violations and other generic incident types that would be meaningless to visualize unless you were made aware of the details of that specific incident. We classify such catch-all types of incidents as "Police Assistance" and don't visualize those since we are not at liberty to disclose the particulars of those calls for service.

Since we only show a subset of our data you cannot expect that the number of mapped incidents (aka occurrences) that are visible are a true reflection of how many incidents are actually on file for the day(s) or time range you selected.

We built the tool to be modular and expandable, and in the spirit of inter-departmental co-operation, we are allowing other police services to upload their data and use our platform to serve their respective communities.

The tool is new, there might be the odd bug, but it is ready for public trials. Please try it out and let us know what you think. Visit often since we wil be updating the data regularly and adding features that you might find useful. You can let others know about it by sharing it on Facebook. A 'LIKE' link is at the top of the page.

We hope that you find this new tool both useful and insightful. You may be surprised at what you learn about what is happening in your community and where it seems to be happening. We use a more detailed version of this tool in-house to help plan our patrols and crime-prevention initiatives. Sharing this with our community just makes sense.

After all... We are all partners in prevention.