The public will now be able to access crime data for neighborhoods around the five boroughs.
The city debuted an interactive crime map Sunday that will allow the public to search and access data on felony crimes based on location.
“With unprecedented population levels, New York City is safer than ever, with homicides on pace this year to fall below recent historic lows,” said Police Commissioner Ray Kelly. “This administration has relied on data to drive its crime fighting, and this map helps enhance New Yorkers’ and researchers’ understanding of where felony and violent crime persists.”
The map, built by the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DoITT) using Google products with crime complainant data reported to the NYPD, provides felony crime information for the prior calendar year, current year and by month within the current year.
“DoITT employs innovative technology to improve the accessibility of critical public information,” said Chief Information and Innovation Officer Rahul N. Merchant. “The interactive crime map builds on report data and presents it visually in neighborhoods across the five boroughs, keeping the public informed about what is going on in their community.”
The interactive map allows the public to search basic data on the seven major felony crimes as defined by the New York State Penal law (murder, rape, robbery, felony assault, burglary, grand larceny and grand larceny of motor vehicle). The searches are based on address, zip code or police precinct. The map displays crimes at the nearest street intersection or area.
Filters for specific crime type display the results by year or month in one of three ways: precinct level, showing crime incidents per 1000 residents as a shaded map; graduated points which correspond to the number of crimes at a given location; or as a “heat map” that marks crimes in the selected area.
Crime statistics by each precinct have been available since 2003 on the NYPD’s website and are updated weekly.