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Interactive Crime Map

Trulia recently launched a beta version of crime maps. They use a heatmap to track crimes and it makes for some very interesting reading.

I think this is a great tool for potential home buyers. The stats seem to run 30-45 days behind but the heat colors are indicative of patterns and typically that is what my buyers are interested in seeing.

It is interactive and you can zoom in and see details about the crimes listed. I hope they take this further and make it searchable. Right now it just shows city of Atlanta of DeKalb County. I live in a zip code that covers 2 counties and would love the option to be able to search by zipcode or search by map.

Not surprising is that the commercial areas in our neighborhoods are mostly red zones. The Edge Retail District just south of Little Five Points had a shockingly high number. Seeing that red blob is a good reminder to stay alert when I am in that parking lot.

I was surprised to see that a neighbor just around the block from me was broken into earlier this year!

Check it out at: http://www.trulia.com/crime/#

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