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How do you view local crime maps for your area?

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Some crime mapping services, such as MyLocalCrime.com and CrimeReports.com, allow online users to view local crime maps in a specific area. Both sites collect information from law enforcement agencies and plot the incidents and information on Google Maps.

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MyLocalCrime.com is a crime data aggregator powered by SpotCrime.com, another aggregator that maps crimes and delivers alerts. The latter started the MyLocalCrime site to make a more user-friendly mapping service that allows online users to view crime data around a specific address.

To view local crimes in an area using MyLocalCrime.com, navigate to the site's homepage and type in the name of a neighborhood, county or township inside the search box. Click Enter to start the search. The search results display all the plotted crimes around the provided location. Click Show Map to view the map, and click over an icon to display the type of the crime as well as the exact time and location where it happened.

CrimeReports.com also allows online users to search for crimes by entering an address. CrimeReports.com is affiliate with over 700 law enforcement agencies in the United States as of 2015 and receives most of its data directly from police departments across the country. The site also displays the listed addresses of sex offenders. CrimeReports offers an iPhone app as well.

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