Readers who wonder where Columbus' nefarious acts take place, rejoice: we have a visual for that.
This week, the Ledger-Enquirer is introducing the weekly Crime Map. Hosted on Google Maps, the map will give an optical overview of our weekly crime reporting efforts.
To be clear, this map is by no means meant to be comprehensive. Some weeks mean hundreds of reports for the police department — many of which are mundane, some of which contain little information valuable to the public. Rather than clutter the tool with less serious offenses, I've narrowed our focus to include just the crimes highlighted by the Ledger-Enquirer.
Shortly after the end of each month, I'll post a comprehensive map accompanied with analysis. So, that's something to look forward to.
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This week's map includes crimes committed between Aug. 30 and Sept. 5.
If you open the map you'll find the crimes divided into three categories: "Drugs & Property Crimes," "Prowling, Kidnapping, Assault and Sexual Crimes" and "Arson, Bombs & Terroristic Threats." You can view any of these categories separately by deselecting the other two layers.
These categories are based on the crimes that took place. The idea behind this week's organization, though, was to group crimes into three rough fields: those in which no one was injured, those during which someone was and those where a larger group was threatened.
In the description of the map, readers will also find a legend key explaining the meaning behind the different colors used for markers. If a point on the map is clicked, readers can find a brief excerpt on the crime and a link to the lengthier article.
Until next week, give us feedback and let us know how we can improve the map. We'll be listening.