CrimeReports can tell you how safe is your neighbourhood - app of the week # 15

Unfortunately, we are living in a world where crime exists around us. Even if it scares us sometimes, or we choose to ignore it, it occurs in any case. So if you want to know more about it, be aware if you are living in an area with a high crime rate, and have access to unreported crimes, you can use CrimeReports app.
“CrimeReports is a real-time source where you can see up to date crime, anti-social behaviour and incident information, and see what the Partnerships are doing to help make your community safer”, CrimeReports website highlights.
Initially, CrimeReports was only available as a website version, but now, the app is available for your smartphone so you can check the crime rate on your neighbourhood anytime on your iPhone. CrimeReports informs you about a specific address or area, such as neighborhood level of crimes and national sex offender data. You can also request your law enforcement agency to support the app and sign up for free crime alerts sent by email. Using your GPS location, the app provides a map with flags that indicate the types of crimes that have happened recently in that area. CrimeReports collects crime reports from your local police and sex offender locations from a government database and then shows the information on a map. If you want to check other areas, you can use any address in your contacts list, or you can just type in any address or location. The crime reports can be seen from the last few days, or for a period in the past, depending on your needs.

Not all the neighbourhoods have these details because not all police departments submit crime data immediately, or at all. The information is shared with us by the participating local police agencies, so if your local police agency is not participating and sharing the data, then you will not be able to find out data about your area. In those cases, you will be able to see the registered sex offender data only, but taking into account that this app becomes more and more popular, more agencies are likely to join! The CrimeReports app has a request form that you have to fill in, in order to let your local police know you want to see this information. Be prepared for anything - especially if you think you live in an area without crime. You may find out data that are not too peaceful, and that there is more going on in your neighborhood than you think.

I love CrimeReports app, and I recommend it to anyone who wants to know what is going on around them, as far as criminal activity. This little app is a great tool and can be installed for free! There are other similar apps in the iTunes (CrimeMapping.com and Crime Watcher), but for me CrimeReports is the best one by far. However, though it is very useful to know about the crime taking place in local areas, we must also remember not to be fearful about our communities – as the UK Peace Index shows, serious crime dropped in the UK over the last ten years.
Published
May 07, 2014