Oregon, USA, 18 May 2007: The City of Tigard has launched CRIME Spotter, a web based mapping tool for general information about criminal activity to help the community keep tabs on crime. CRIME Spotter provides the public with a map based application showing where crimes have occurred.
CRIME Spotter uses GeoNorth’s MapOptix and Multi-Map Framework, as well as ESRI’s ArcIMS, ArcSDE, ArcGIS and Adobe’s ColdFusion. The MapOptix Multi-Map Framework is an extensible solution that provides the basis for a report centric mapping application. It provides an intuitive way to query a database and generate summary pages with a map and report.
“By simplifying the front end with just a simple address query, followed by a series of intuitive tabs with maps and data in an easy to read format, the user’s experience is greatly enhanced. Users do not need to worry about panning, zooming, or figuring out what layers to turn on” says Preston Beck, City of Tigard GIS Coordinator.
CRIME Spotter is designed for public use. It works by entering an address, which in turn generates a one mile buffer map with a summary of reported crimes with descriptive information. Individual summary maps for major crimes, such as burglary and motor vehicle theft could be seen by clicking specific tabs within the application. Data for CRIME Spotter is provided by the Portland Police Data System.