Is your neighborhood safe? New website maps local crime

The city of Palo Alto launched a new website on Wednesday which allows the public to use Google Maps to plot crime incidents in the city. The Web site,, provides users free access to targeted e-mail alerts and a searchable database of the city’s recent crimes.

Every morning the police department updates the website from their report management system.  Not only is this tool valuable to keep residents informed about crime in their community it is also an excellent resource for buyers considering various Palo Alto neighborhoods. 

I searched the site for crime reports around Palo Alto’s dog parks.  Hoover Park was virtually crime free.  Greer and Mitchell parks both had crime incidents on their borders.  To check out the crime around Palo Alto dog parks click here.

Hopefully, Menlo Park will subscribe to this service at some point.  There is currently a rash of burglaries taking place in the Willows near Willow Oaks dog park.  The burglaries are primarily taking place in the morning after the owners go to work.  It would be great to see a map of the area to view where the crimes are clustered.

Published in: on February 15, 2008 at 5:05 pm  Leave a Comment  
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