About our interactive crime maps

Posted July 16, 2009
Updated July 29, 2009

The crime maps displayed on are provided by processes crime incident data from a variety of sources, including police and sheriff's departments, media feeds and citizens. The data is then plotted on Google Maps based on locations provided in crime reports. 

The detail and immediacy of the data varies by source. Some departments, such as Raleigh and Fayetteville, proivded daily updates, though the data may be several days behind the current date. Other departments update their feeds weekly, such as Cary. Regardless, all data available to and is displayed as soon as we receive it. is working with to add data for more cities and counties. The ability to add new data depends on the availability of reliable and timely data. You are encouraged to contact your local law enforcement agency to request that they make their data available to

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  • sam5 Jul 17, 2009

    The data is suspect. It shows a July 16 bank robbery to have occurred in Durham, but when you click through to the details it occurred in Edenton.