Journalistopia online crime maps directory

crime maps

Crime maps of all flavors are the rage nowadays ever since developer/journalist Adrian Holovaty created the now-famous in May, 2005.

These days, everyone from independent designers to large newspaper companies are creating crime maps, causing severe headaches for police PIOs nationwide. So for all your crime map perusing needs, below is a directory of maps pulled together with tremendous help from the denizens of the Online News Association listserv. If you know of any other neat crime maps, drop a note in the comments. Or if you’re shy, just message me at

Some maps, such as the LA Times’ homicide map, only map killings but go into extraordinary detail for each incident. Others, such as Oakland Crimespotting, pull in a broad range of data. Many of the crime maps –and some of the slickest– were put together by small publications and designers not directly affiliated with news organizations. (NOTE: I did not list online maps created by police agencies.)

You’ll find maps here that have been created using the Google, Yahoo! and Microsoft Virtual Earth mapping APIs. You’ll also find maps that are created using anything from Ruby on Rails, Python/Django and PHP to using WYSIWYG tools such as Google My Maps, ZeeMaps and CommunityWalk.

(And on a personal note, please make sure to follow good search engine optimization practices if you build a crime map. Some of these maps are really hard to find without a direct link!)


Auto Crime Map & Alcohol Violations: Minors in Possession Map
Lawrence Journal-World
And the award for most booze sold to minors in Lawrence, Kansas goes to The Hawk at 1340 Ohio St. See it on a map of venues that got busted selling alochol to minors. And, see a Google Map of auto thefts/burglaries, broken down by item value, car type and more.

Arizona Crime Reports
Arizona Republic
Uses a search-form based interface with the Google API

Anniston Crime Map
Anniston Star
Interactive map made with ZeeMaps Homicide Map
Bakersfield Californian
ZeeMaps-based Google Map of homicides with sidebar and multi-colored points

Berkeley CA Crime Log
Unknown interface with multiple pages of Google Maps


Northwest Florida Daily News
Google Map with color-coded markers, filtering options and text from police reports

Boston Crime
Boston Online
Violent crime map with nice detail-view pages and ability to comment
Adrian Holovaty
The original gangsta that started it all

Copenhagen Crime Map
Features a beautiful fullscreen map of crime data. This is one of the most visually engaging crime maps.

Crime in D.C. (Washington)
Some guy called Tom

Crime Watch Newport News
Daily Press (Newport News, Va.)
Searchable database and interactive map with way cool tag cloud features

Delaware Crime Map
DelwareOnline/The News Journal
Crime map with various search parameters and polygons delineating neighborhood boundaries

Duval County Homicide Data Search
Florida Times-Union
Uses a search-form based interface with the Yahoo Maps API. Maps homicide data only

EvanstonNow Crime Map
Google map with detail record view

Adrian Holovaty and company
Another Holovaty production, this time including highly browseable crime data, inspections, news stories and much more about Chicago, San Francisco and New York. Crime Map
Frenso Bee
Google Map with multi-colored points and a polished interface

Grand Rapids, Michigan Crime Map
John Winkelman
Google Map of crime incidents in Grand Rapids, Michigan created via XML file

Houston Crime Maps
Unknown interface with multiple pages of Google Maps

Kansas City Crime
Kansas City Star
A near-exact duplicate of the Fresno Bee crime map (both are McClatchy papers)

Indy 911 Calls
Indianapolis Star
Yahoo Map of recent 911 calls with description abbreviations and nice police badge icons Crime Map
Lakeland Local, using CommunityWalk
Weekly links to CommunityWalk Google maps with unique icons

LA The Homicide Map, Lost Angeles County victims
Los Angeles Times
An intensely statistical look at homicide information in Los Angeles complete with photos and short bios about many of the victims

Memphis Crime Tracker
Commercial Appeal
Browseable crime data with somewhat of a clunky search/browse interface. Uses the Yahoo! Maps API.
A series of searchable Google Maps using slick icons

Monitor Cuidadano

Interactive crime map of the city of Corboda, Argentina (in Spanish) done using Flash

Nashville Crime Locator
The Tennessean
Simple Google map with date search and limit by crime type functionality.

Newark Crime
The Star-Ledger
An in-depth crime map with loads of interesting statistical graphics. Built using the ASP.NET framework.

New Haven Crime Log
New Haven Independent
Drills down deep into crime categories with multiple Google Maps, a color-based severity scale and an hour-by-hour time slider

Oakland Crimespotting
Stamen Design
A slickly designed map using Microsoft Virtual Earth, featuring a chronological slider and e-mail alerts

Orlando Crime Map
Orlando Sentinel
Crime map of Orlando incidents, updated weekly, with two ways to search: via Google Map menu or via browsing.

Paso Robles Crime Map
The Tribune
Easy-to-use searchable map with crime details and IRC-channel-esque color palette.
Joshua B. Plotkin with Amir Karger
Uses data from the Philadelphia Inquirer to map searchable data from 2006 and 1996

Philadelphia Homicides
Philadelphia Inquirer
Flash-based interactive map containing age and weapon data

Gathers crime reports for various cities and actively encourages users to help catch criminals. Displays mugshots.

Uses search forms to navigate a series of Google Maps; also has an interesting crime graph generator

Richmond-Area Homicide Report
Richmond Times-Dispatch
Capsio-built map of homicides in the Richmond area

Sacramento Bee CrimeMapper
Sacramento Bee
Crime map with proximity search (nice!) and various other search criteria (funky police bee mascot included).

San Joaquin County Crime Map
San Joaquin Media Group
Nearly duplicates the navigation and look of (but in a darker hue)

Seattle 911 Calls
Plots the latest 911 calls on a Google map

Spec’s Police Blotter
Hamilton Spectator
A weekly Google My Maps map of the Spectator’s police blotter
Blotter Link (Click The Spec’s Police Blotter” link under “What’s Hot” at

Springfield (Ore.) crime map
The Register-Guard, Eugene, Ore.
Google Map with hand-edited incident descriptions covering the previous week

A national aggregator of mapped crime data featuring reports from nearly every U.S. city.

TBO Crime Tracker
Tampa Tribune
A map of law enforcement calls using a Django-based back end

Toronto Marijuana Grow Operations & Homicides Since 2005
Toronto Star
Two Google Map-based plotting killings and marijuana houses with some custom Javascript in the sidebar. LocalExplorer
Washington Post

Interactive map with very useful marker clustering and loads of other community data

Wichita Crime Map
Wichita Eagle
Simple Google map showing the last day’s crime reports


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By Danny Sanchez on September 6, 2007 · Posted in maps, tutorials, web 2.0, web design

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Isaac Sabetai says:

We at the Northwest Florida Daily News have jumped on the bandwagon with BloodHound. We have types of crime color-coded and even offer police narratives on some of them.

Posted on September 6th, 2007

Rich says:

How about giving the Lawrence Journal-World some love?

Posted on September 6th, 2007

Chuck Welch says:

Thanks for the link to my Lakeland, FL crime maps. Though I have all the maps individually linked through Community Walk, I have an easy link to always see the latest map:

You’ll also see the older maps there.

Coming soon I’ll have other mixes of the crime maps. Again, thanks for the mention.

Posted on September 6th, 2007

Chris says:

The Indianapolis Star has one at:

Posted on September 6th, 2007

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Tish Grier says:

hey Danny! great work!

Posted on September 7th, 2007

Danny Sanchez says:

Thanks for the compliments Tish, and thanks to everyone who pitched in with map suggestions.

Posted on September 7th, 2007

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franco says:

Hi! Maybe you’d like to include, from Córdoba (Argentina) in your list. We not only “map” crimes but also follow the Police and Justice investigations, step by step. Regards.

Posted on September 11th, 2007

Tamara Thompson says:

D.C. and San Jose, CA:

NIJ list of sites:

Here are the postings I’ve done on crime mapping, particularly by police departments:

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Amedeo says:

Thanks for the compilation. Very helpful. I’ll have to update the post I wrote on

Posted on October 3rd, 2007

Johnny Dobbins says:

Thanks for the link to!

We have just /soft launched/ our new crime-data mashup using google maps; we are no longer using the previously mentioned mapping service.

The backend of the site is django based.

Posted on October 24th, 2007

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John Landry says:

Should probably add which incorporates information from many different police departments in one place AND allows anyone to add to the database. These guys look like they’ve got quite a bit of PR (Fox News, KOMO TV Seattle, Seattle Times) and are emerging as the crime website. Probably worth people interested in a comprehensive crime mapping to check out.

Posted on January 9th, 2008

WG says:

Does anyone know if there are crime maps of Sweden?

Posted on January 10th, 2008

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Patrick Cain says:

Thx for this useful list. Here are two GoogleMaps-based examples from the Toronto Star:

– Homicides since 2005:

– 2006 marijuana grow houses:

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Citywide Data Warehouse Team says:

Try the CapStat Mapping Application. This application was designed to provide citizens access to Government data and provide a tool for quick mapping by location and time. Map Washington DC crime, service requests and more.

Posted on August 8th, 2008

Chris Young says:

Hey Danny,
Great resource you’ve made here. I spearheaded a crime mashup at the Richmond Times-Dispatch, it maps homicides throughout Central Virginia:

Let’s catch up soon!

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