Van­cou­ver Po­lice releases GEODASH Crime Statis­tics Hub

Asian Journal - - ASIAN JOURNAL -

Van­cou­ver: The Van­cou­ver Po­lice Depart­ment has re­leased a new on­line dash­board, in­tended to en­hance com­mu­nity aware­ness of crime trends and to help pre­vent crime in Van­cou­ver.

“Gen­er­ally, Van­cou­ver is a safe city. In our last quar­ter, our violent crime rate de­creased, how­ever the prop­erty crime rate in­creased,” says Sergeant Ja­son Ro­bil­lard, VPD. “There are steps peo­ple can take to pro­tect their prop­erty and per­sonal safety, but it all starts with be­ing aware about what is hap­pen­ing around you. This new on­line tool is a great place to start.”

The on­line tool, the GEODASH Crime Statis­tics Hub, an­a­lyzes crime by neigh­bour­hood to iden­tify trends in an easy-to-un­der­stand, user-friendly vis­ual for­mat.

There are stats for 11 dif­fer­ent crimes, in­clud­ing break-and-en­ter, mis­chief, and theft-of-ve­hi­cle.

The in­for­ma­tion is dis­played us­ing a fuel gauge – if the nee­dle dips into the red or green zones, the spe­cific crime is ei­ther higher or lower than the pre­vi­ous year.

The fuel gauge al­lows users to eas­ily see which type of crime is in­creas­ing or de­creas­ing in their neigh­bour­hood, so they can take steps to pro­tect them­selves and their prop­erty.

The new on­line tool is the next it­er­a­tion of the GEODASH crime map, which was launched by the VPD in 2015. The crime map is an on­line tool that plots crime in the city on a map in near real-time.

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