Find Out If You Live In a Miami Danger Zone Using Crime Mapping

While conducting research for an

upcoming article, Banana Republican came across this nifty tool on

the Miami-Dade County Police Department's website called "Crime

Mapping." Basically you can track criminal activity in any

neighborhood in the city of Miami and unincorporated Miami-Dade.

Imagine Google maps allowing you to pinpoint where the highest

concentration of robberies and burglaries occurred during the recent

holiday season. That's what Crime Mapping allows you to do.You can also get case numbers for each

offense listed on the map by clicking on the little crime icons.

IBanana Republican spent a couple of

hours mapping criminal activity from the past 12 months to find the most dangerous spots in Greater Miami.

Homicides (Jan. 30, 2012 - Jan. 31, 2013):

Robberies (Jan. 30, 2012 - Jan. 31, 2013):

Burglaries (Jan. 30, 2012 - Jan. 31, 2013):

Crimes involving weapons  (Jan. 30, 2012 - Jan. 31, 2013):

The police department licenses the software from The Omega Group, a San Diego-based technology company, according to Mary Fuentes, enterprise solutions director for the Miami-Dade information technology department.

"We can do a bunch of cool things using geographic systems technology," she says. "Every department in the county uses the technology to communicate with each other and residents."

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Francisco Alvarado was born in Nicaragua and grew up in Miami, giving him unique insight into the Magic City and all its dark corners. An investigative reporter with a knack for uncovering corruption, Alvarado made his bones as a staff writer at Miami New Times and remains in dogged pursuit of the next juicy story.