Monday, August 13, 2007

SLO crime map debuts on our Web site

I commend to your Web viewing a new feature on SanLuisObispo.com: Our crime map for the city of San Luis Obispo.
What is the crime map?
It is a daily listing of the calls that officers responded to in the previous day, shown as points on a map of the city. The information is shown three ways -- on the basic city map, on a satellite image of the city, and as a hybrid, which puts the map onto the satellite image.
Each call is shown as a pin on the map, and each is color-coded based on the call. For example, vandalism calls are purple.
When you click on a particular pin, a window pops open to give the address and the time of the call. There is also a master list under the map of all the calls. Today's map and list contain nearly 30 calls from Sunday.
We think this kind of useful feature will be valuable to our Web viewers who are eager to find out what kind of crime may occur near their home. Those of you who live in other cities of our county will wonder when we will have a map for your hometown. The short answer is we are in the process of working with the other cities on their crime maps; there are some software issues that must be solved.
Drop me a comment here to let me know what you think about this feature. Or you can e-mail Online Editor Sally Buffalo at sbuffalo@thetribunenews.com.
_ Tad Weber

2 comments:

Al Neill said...

This is a terrific idea. I had been wondering if such a thing were possible, and you answered my question.

Will this be a running total or will it be sorted by day?

Anonymous said...

This is great! Now that you have it up and running, please expand it to include the entire county.