Trulia launches CrimeMaps
Part of what people want when they're home- or apartment shopping is a crime-free neighborhood, or at least as little crime as they can get for their budget. So it's no surprise that a real estate search site would incorporate police data into its offerings.
Trulia says it's launching a crime-tracker feature today that aims to let users "explore and compare" incidents in neighborhoods across the country. CrimeMaps will show the most and least common crimes, dangerous intersections and when problems tend to occur, the company says. (Above is a screen shot for part of the Baltimore region.)
Neighborhood Scout is another search site with crime information, but users there are prompted to fill in a city in order to get a list of the neighborhoods with the best crime rates. (Other options: getting the neighborhoods judged best for certain demographics, i.e. families or executives.)
And, of course, there are a variety of places to get crime data outside of the online real estate world, from CrimeReports to Baltimore Sun maps (city, Baltimore County and Anne Arundel County so far).
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