#CyberFLASH: Hamilton police launch online crime mapping tool

hamilton-police-service-crime-mapping-toolHamilton police have launched at crime mapping tool that allows residents to search when and where certain types of crimes have happened in the city.

The new tool, which was introduced at the monthly Hamilton Police Services Board meeting on Monday, tracks the following types of crimes for the past 60 days:

   -Homicide.
   -Break & Enter (Burglary).
   -Robbery.
   -Motor vehicle theft.
   -Theft from vehicle (Burglary from motor vehicle).

The crimes are posted with a one-day delay.

To protect victims’ privacy, crime locations are randomly offset, and addresses are mapped to the block level. For example, 123 King St. becomes 1xx King St.

“Crime mapping helps the public get a better understanding of the crime activity of their area so they can make more informed decisions about how to stay safe,” the police’s website reads.

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