iPhone app, Tracking Crime

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    Oct 14, 2009 1:19 AM GMT
    There's an iPhone application for just about everything -- and now there's even one that will give you the lowdown on crime in your neighborhood.

    The Spotcrime.com application costs just $1.99 and is described by its developer as a "mobile police blotter that geo-locates users, scours cop reports, blogs and newspapers for recent criminal activity and then sends out a feed customized to a two mile radius surrounding each registered user's addresses."

    Robert McCrie, a criminal justice expert at John Jay College, says an informed public can be a safer public.

    But there are some major shortfalls.

    McCrie says it can also give a false sense of insecurity. Also, there's a problem with where -- and how -- the application compiles its data.

    Since the NYPD doesn't make crime reports public, the application is forced to rely solely on secondary sources -- like scanners and blogs -- information that can be wrong or inaccurate
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    Oct 14, 2009 1:38 AM GMT
    Ridiculous app. Not worth $2, considering common sense is free. If you're walking in a sketchy neighborhood, don't pull out your shiny iphone and search for crime statistics! Otherwise, you'll be become a statistic. icon_lol.gif
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    Oct 14, 2009 6:01 AM GMT
    xrichx saidRidiculous app. Not worth $2, considering common sense is free. If you're walking in a sketchy neighborhood, don't pull out your shiny iphone and search for crime statistics! Otherwise, you'll be become a statistic. icon_lol.gif


    I don't think I would purchase it either but I think crime happens in just more than "sketchy" areas. If that's the case everyone in Manhattan should keep their phones in there pockets
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    Oct 14, 2009 8:02 AM GMT
    Everyblock.com is a website for larger cities that's very similar, aggregating all sorts of data including crimes, business reviews and openings, and even pictures tagged on Flickr based on Zip Code. Their iPhone Application (click opens iTunes) is free, which is pretty sweet since it seems to have more features than the one you mentioned.