Criminal activity at your fingertips

Trulia makes crime information readily accessible to the public. The newly launched Crime Maps presents data on criminal activity in many metropolitan areas. Trulia utilizes information from partners (,, and who work with police agencies, crime feeds, and news outlets.

Users can click on a major city to view hot spots of activity in or around their neighborhoods. Not all major metropolitan areas are included; Trulia’s current list includes about 50 cities. Crime Maps provides a unique visual aid to prospective home buyers who want to measure criminal injustice in areas where they’d like to live — they can view, toggle, and compare statistics of two different regions.

Information on criminal activity is like watching the 5 o’clock news. There’s value in being informed, but seeking the data on a “need to know basis” should trump obsessing over every detail. View Trulia’s introduction here.