Seattle Police Offer Public Online Crime Mapping


The Seattle Police Department has launched a new online crime map to give residents a quick, easy way to see the kinds of crimes committed in their neighborhoods, reports the Seattle Times. The map features a collection of icons – a fist represents an assault, while a can of spray paint indicates a graffiti call, for example – which, when clicked on, provide a general description of the offense, when and where it occurred and a “general offense” number that can be used to request a redacted copy of the original police report.

Sex crimes and domestic-violence incidents are not included out of a desire to protect victims. Incidents are posted approximately 12 hours after they occur. The map can be viewed at Police have posted reports online for robberies, burglaries, aggravated assaults and homicides at (requires online registration).

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