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Google Maps Increases Functionality, Improves Crime Maps

Google just announced some improvements to its popular mapping program, Google Maps. Google Maps now includes icons for landmarks, places of interest, and major businesses. In addition, many of the icons are clickable and will bring up a picture, address, phone number, and—possibly—a Wikipedia article.

This new feature of Google Maps is good news for users. The addition of the new location icons will make it easier to get a tangible sense of the location and proximity of crimes plotted on the CrimeReports map. This increased spatial awareness can lead to a better understanding of where crimes are happening in relation to physical landmarks and businesses.


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August 5, 2009 at 11:34 am 1 comment Uses Photos, Maps to Nab Suspects

The Wired blog recently published a story about a specific way in which law enforcement is using the internet to catch criminals. Arkansas and Texas have both launched websites that mashup Google Maps with bank robbery suspects, complete with photos and descriptions.

You can go to Texas’ or click in a robbery, and it will take you to a page that shows images from the bank robbery, a description of the suspect and other identifying information, and a Google map with local bank robberies plotted.

Wired reports that at least four suspects in the last six months have been apprehended as a direct result of the websites, and a total of 10 suspects featured on the site are now behind bars.

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