Here’s another attempt to tap into public data. Based on Stamen Design’s excellent San Francisco Crimespotting website, this tablet app would offer a more detailed breakdowns of the data.
Minneapolis Police Dept. provides weekly crime reports. They are are pretty nice and contain detailed location and description on each call. However, tabular data and spreadsheets aren’t particularly user-friendly. The tablet app makes crime look easy by displaying current activity in any given neighborhood. The icons correspond to various types of crime, and the heat map reflect overall crime activity in the neighborhood. Detailed crime statistics are provided by time of day, week, month.