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If you have an iPhone, you have mobile crime data

In the Washington area, the popularity of crime text message alerts and police-neighborhood e-mail discussion groups hint at the public's demand for up-to-date crime information.

Now, if you have an iPhone, you can get crime data on the go., a private company that offers software tools to law enforcement agencies and allows the public to create online crime maps, has unveiled a free iPhone app that features crime data directly from more than 600 law enforcement agencies across North America and sex offender data for all 50 states. founder and CEO Greg Whisenant gave me an in-person demonstration of the new app over coffee this week. We were sitting in downtown D.C. and when he touched the screen of his phone to load the app, the program instantly went to our current location.

Whisenant pulled up data that was as recent as one day earlier; by default it will display data from the past 14 days.

"The benefit of this is simplicity," Whisenant said. "with two one or two clicks I've got crime data."

Locally, the app has crime data for all of Maryland and the District, and Alexandria, Loudon and seven other counties in Virginia.

--Theola Labbé-DeBose

By Theola Labbé-DeBose  |  December 16, 2009; 4:35 PM ET
Categories:  Alexandria , Crime Statistics , Loudoun , Maryland , Personal Safety , Technology , Theola Labbé-DeBose , Virginia  
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