Posts tagged ‘mapping’ Raises $7.2 Million from Austin Ventures, vSpring, the leader in online crime-mapping, today announced it has raised $7.2 million in a Series B financing led by Austin Ventures, one of the nation’s leading venture and growth equity firms, with participation from existing investor vSpring Capital. This investment will enable CrimeReports to further expand its position as a leader in the rapidly growing public safety software market, introducing innovative web 2.0 tools to increase communication and collaboration between law enforcement agencies and their constituents. has defined itself as the leader in adapting emerging web 2.0 technologies to the needs of law enforcement agencies and has experienced significant growth in recent months, expanding its client base by almost 20% over the last two months. This growth is fueled by an unprecedented enthusiasm by law enforcement agencies across the country to adopt these new tools to engage their communities through online crime-mapping, targeted analysis and social media. This rapid adoption also relies on CrimeReports’ innovative SaaS business model and pricing structure, which make it the most affordable suite of crime-mapping, communication and analytics solutions available.

“We are pleased to announce this investment led by Austin Ventures,” said Greg Whisenant, founder and CEO of CrimeReports. “This will allow us to expand our products and services in the coming months, offering law enforcement agencies of all sizes and budgets the additional tools they need to effectively engage citizens and reduce crime using social media and web 2.0 technology.”

“This commitment indicates our confidence in the vision and relevance of CrimeReports. The company has developed innovative web solutions that fill a real need in today’s law enforcement community,” said Mike Dodd, Venture Partner at Austin Ventures and CrimeReports board member. “CrimeReports’ continued strong growth is evidence that the market is ready for new ways to approach crime data and citizen involvement.”

The CrimeReports network now publishes crime data for more than 500 law enforcement agencies across North America and, earlier this year, released Command Central, a powerful yet affordable crime analytics and visualization tool for law enforcement agencies. The additional funding will allow CrimeReports to expand the functionality of its current products and expand its offerings to address the growing demand within the law enforcement community to adopt cutting-edge web-based social networking tools.

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August 18, 2009 at 8:27 am Leave a comment

12 Maps Reveal Government Stimulus Funding to Provide Safe Neighborhoods

stim mapSince we’re already halfway through the summer stimulus spending schedule, it might be a good idea to sit down and look at where our federal funds are going across the country and for what. The White House released these 12 maps that constitute a “Roadmap to Recovery” back in June, so that the President and the rest of us can see where our tax dollars are going to work.

Although all the maps shows potential stimulus spending across the country, of the most importance to us is the map on page 15: “Providing Safe and Secure Neighborhoods for American Families.” This map shows the potential disbursement of federal COPS grants to keep officers on the street or hire new officers. Whether all those departments will actually receive funding remains to be seen.

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August 14, 2009 at 11:53 am Leave a comment

Mapping Shows Correlation Between Bars and Violent Crime

Analysts in Huntington, West Virginia, revealed at a recent city council meeting that they have found a correlation between bars in downtown Huntington and the location of violent crimes. As you can see in the picture at the right, they found that two major bar clusters (in blue) had significant overlap with clusters of recent violent crime (in red).

They are quick to point out that this analysis does not show a causal relationship between alcohol consumption and violent crime, but it does show a spatial correlation between bar locations and areas of high violent crime.


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August 13, 2009 at 12:20 pm Leave a comment

500 Fans on Facebook

Yesterday we just passed 500 fans on Facebook. We’ve only had the Facebook page up for a about 8 weeks, so we’re overjoyed that so many people are enthusiastic about their local crime prevention efforts and are using

We want to thank every one of our law enforcement partners across the US and Canada and all the fans that have made our website the #1 crime-mapping website in the world.

Keep up your continued efforts to spread the word about, neighborhood watch efforts, and effective law enforcement/citizen communication and partnerships. And, as always, keep coming back here for more information on crime prevention, community involvement, and neighborhood watch.

If you aren’t already a fan, become a fan here.

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August 12, 2009 at 1:42 pm Leave a comment

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

Record Growth in June for Indicates Law Enforcement Trend Toward Online Communication

We at CrimeReports are all very happy about our recent growth and our record-breaking month of June. Below is a press release highlighting our recent success and the law enforcement community’s forward-thinking views on sharing crime information with the public:

June represents a record-breaking month for, signing new partnerships with 49 law enforcement agencies across the U.S. These new partnerships represent close to a 10 percent growth for the world leader in online crime mapping in the last month. Currently, CrimeReports publishes live crime information for close to 500 law enforcement agencies across North America and is working with more than 50 others that will begin publishing their crimes live within the next 60 days.

CrimeReports’ rapid growth indicates a trend in law enforcement away from traditional weekly crime blotters and toward the use of online communication, including social media, to disseminate crime information more quickly and efficiently. As a result, publishing crime maps and providing crime alerts, like those provided by CrimeReports, is quickly becoming the standard for forward-thinking agencies across North America. “From a customer service perspective, let’s get that online so people can do their own analysis of what’s going on in the neighborhood,” said Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis, discussing CrimeReports in a recent Boston Herald article.

Although there are other crime-mapping websites, few can boast partnerships with more than a few dozen agencies, whereas CrimeReports is signing up an average of 30 agencies a month. “Our growth has been astounding,” said Greg Whisenant, Founder and CEO of CrimeReports. “We started with one agency just two years ago, so our explosive growth really shows how law enforcement agencies have been hungry for a service like this and have been amazingly forward thinking in adopting it so quickly.”

In addition, CrimeReports’ internal-facing analytics tool, Command Central, is now being used by nearly 50 agencies nationwide and will expand further in the coming months.

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July 10, 2009 at 11:34 am Leave a comment

Mapping Keeps Kids Away From Crime

Usually, here at the Neighborhood Crime Map, we’re talking about ways to provide citizens with easy access to crime prevention resources and crime data; however, in New Orleans, an initiative funded by the Afterschool Partnership has the goal to create maps that will keep kids out of trouble during the long hot summer months when they are out of school.

The maps will focus on providing information to kids and parents on the location of parks, community centers, and other places in the city that will keeps kids busy and out of trouble. Their hope is that this resource will provide youth with productive alternatives to just hanging out and will hopefully reduce crime for the summer months.


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June 25, 2009 at 12:08 pm Leave a comment

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