Is Your Neighborhood Safe?
You can figure this out for yourself at CrimeReports.com. The Montgomery County Police Department shares their crime reports (which includes the City of Rockville) with CrimeReports, a private firm based in Utah, which combines it with police departments from around the country to display the information on an interactive map.
The map show various colored and lettered icons so you can quickly spot where things happened in your neighborhood. For example, A is for Assault, TV is Theft from a Vehicle, and R is Robbery. You can also choose the time period to examine as well as zoom in or out (or check out what’s happening elsewhere in the country–it’s a national database). If you know something about an incident or crime, you can share an anonymous tip.
Do be aware there are some weaknesses in the map:
- There seems to be a 24-48 hour delay. If something happened today, it probably won’t show up until tomorrow or the next day.
- Locations are not exact. It records where the report was taken, not necessarily where the incident occurred. For the sake of victim privacy, all crime addresses have been rounded to the block level (e.g. 800 block of Viers Mill Road).
- There are no details. For example, it’ll tell you the approximate location and time of an assault or robbery, but not identify the victims, mention if anyone was arrested, what was stolen, or the extent of injuries (e.g, punched? stabbed? hospitalized?). CrimeReports relies on individual law enforcement agencies to provide details on crimes. Each agency is different and may provide more or less crime information than others. At minimum, CrimeReports requires four items of information when mapping crimes: type, location, date, and time. All additional information is voluntarily supplied by individual law enforcement agencies.
- It may not be complete. On Monday, July 21, Janice Land and John Land of the 1600 block of Crawford Drive were arrested with two counts of vulnerable adult abuse and attempted false imprisonment (keeping their twin 22-year old autistic sons locked in the basement). The incident made national news, but doesn’t show up on the map at all. Maybe tomorrow?
If you want further details, contact the Montgomery County Police Department at (240) 773-5330. Thanks to Crime Analyst Sherri Hendry of the Rockville Police Department for sharing this resource.