Saturday, August 23, 2008

Neat use of mapping software by criminal justice blogger

Not a Texas topic, but I thought I'd point readers to a really cool use by a criminal justice blog of a Google Maps application over at the Chicago Syndicate to create the "Chicago Mob Infamous Locations Map." (See a larger version.)

That's a neat use by a blogger of free Google Map software, making me think perhaps I can find uses for the technique on Grits. A similar method could be useful, e.g., for tracking police corruption episodes on the border.

4 comments:

poopyhead said...

How about plotting arrests for certain types of crime. Which part of town is best to score some weed or find a ho? Use the sex offender registration to find the perverts. If those new cop cars have some sort of GPS transmitter that can be detected by civilians then a realtime map of where the police are, and are NOT!

Anonymous said...

poopyhead, you are aptly named.

A Jeffersonian said...

To map border corruption by police, you don't need the high tech stuff. Just use your finger to trace around the border of the state starting, say, a little South of Beaumont, all the way to Brownsville, then highlight the line!

A Jeffersonian said...

Sorry, I meant Brownsville to El Paso ! The other direction should have been Brownsville to about Jefferson, but that's a different border!