Vancouver Police are offering the public a look at current and past crime trends in their city.
The VPD is launching a public version of an interactive mapping tool called GeoDASH, which officers have been using for about a year now.
It charts out everything from break-and-enters to car thefts and mischief.
VPD Chief Adam Palmer says opening the tool up is about sharing information with the public.
“We realized that the information we were offering the public was a little bit behind the times, it was sort of old fashioned, statistical, spreadsheets in Excel, crime mapping that was done with heat mapping, stuff like that.
Palmer says the force had privacy in mind when they launched the public version of the tool, and that measures have been taken to ensure anonymity around specific crimes.
“The location for offences against persons, and … that would be something like assault or a robbery, where someone was personally attacked as opposed to somebody having something stolen from them. Those have been randomized and will show at an intersection as opposed to a particular residence.”
Other police departments offer a similar crime mapping tool, but Palmer says GeoDASH is more up-to-date and accurate.
He estimates it costs about $20,000.