UK crime mapping view of London
The UK Home Office, the central policing hub for the UK, released a countrywide online crime mapping system last year. The application was so popular that on the day that it went live to the public, it shut down because there was so much online traffic. It was soon up again soon, but there was a very public debate about the quality of the maps, their lack of detail, and the public’s concern that their home prices would be adversely affected by publically identifying high-crime areas.
The debate had died down a bit until recently when Charles Arthur write an article for the Guardian titled, “UK police crime maps gets an API—but how useful is it really?” Although Arthur agrees that releasing police data to the public is a good idea in concept, he says that,