Nova Scotia

Halifax police to map crimes online

The Halifax Regional Police department is about to launch an online map that shows where crimes are happening in the city.

The Halifax Regional Police department is about to launch an online map that shows where crimes are happening in the city.

The website will show the type of crime committed, the date, and the city block where it happened.

"It might be surprising for some people as to the type of crime that is happening in their area," said Const. Pierre Bourdages, spokesman for Halifax police.

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The interactive map will show crimes such as assault, robbery and weapons offences. Users will be able to see what happened in the last 24 hours, four days or seven days.

But the exact civic addresses won't be shown, to protect privacy.

"We're not here to censor the data. The data is what it is, and then people will have access to it and see exactly what's happening in the city," said Bourdages.

Police expect to launch the website sometime in January.

"The software is in place, and our analysts are testing it to make sure it works properly before we release it publicly," he said.

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