Crime mapping in Carolina

Cary, N.C., is the latest town to harness the power of interactive crime mapping on its Web site.

Late last month, Cary unveiled the crime-mapping portion of the town's Web site. The application lets visitors plot information about 21 types of crime ranging from assault to vandalism. Within seconds, a map of Cary shows the locations of the crimes, represented by colored dots. Users can drill down to get detailed information about the crimes, including date and address.

Requests for crime reports used to be handled by Cary police department clerks, said Mike Mull, the town's applications manager. 'With Pitney Bowes MapInfo location intelligence solutions, we can consolidate crime data into an easy-to-understand digital map of crime statistics that is accessible to users around the clock," he said. "With real-time access, users can become informed citizens and even take an active role in the town's crime prevention.'

The site was developed with the MapXtreme software development kit from Pitney Bowes MapInfo. The crime-mapping Web site was designed and is hosted by JCH GeoInfo Solutions, a Pitney Bowes MapInfo partner.

Cary is located near Research Triangle Park in central North Carolina and has a population of 123,000.

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Trudy Walsh is a senior writer for GCN.

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