The New York Police Department released a new online, interactive map that allows users to research major crime across the city, reports the New York Daily News. The map plots the time and location of crimes by month, and for the current and prior year. People can search the map by address, ZIP code or police precinct.
“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 Raymond Kelly. “This administration has relied on data to drive its crimefighting, and this map helps enhance New Yorkers' and researchers' understanding of where felony and violent crime persists.” The website was mandated by law and created by the city's Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications. Crime statistics by precinct have been available on the police website since 2003 and are updated weekly. The site is at maps.nyc.gov/crime.