Features

Crime Compass

The Crime Compass is a unique color coded view that allows you to quickly see your surroundings as you move, and updates dynamically using a combination of the device's GPS and internal compass hardware.

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Inner and outer concentric rings show short-range and longer-range crime hotspots respectively. The maximum range can be configured from the Settings screen, with each of the two rings displaying half the specified range.

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The overall Personal or Property crime score and level for the current location, with a color scale showing the full range of scores.

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Switch between the device’s internal compass heading (“Heading mode”), or GPS course (“Course mode”). Heading mode is more natural when the device is handheld, and Course mode is a better choice when riding in a vehicle or moving quickly.

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Users with sufficient screen real estate (iPhone 6 and higher) will be able to switch directly between Personal crime and Property crime views, while other users can make this change from the Settings screen.

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Take a snapshot of the current screen, then save or share it conveniently. The circular arrow icon can be used to manually refresh data if necessary.

Crime Compass Features

Map Overlay

The Map Overlay displays crime data as a fully interactive heat map with GPS tracking indicating your current location.

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The map may be panned, rotated, and zoomed in or out while continuously displaying crime data for different geographies. A long press drops a custom pin displaying full crime metrics for that location.

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The data below the map displays scores for each crime metric, in addition to the overall Personal or Property crime score for the current location. Users may also configure a reference score (e.g. My house) to display in this area (see the Settings section below for more information).

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The search bar may be used to seek out addresses or points of interest. In each case, a color coded annotation will be added to the map to quickly display the level of crime at the sought location. Touching on an annotation will display the full set of metrics.

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Similar to built-in Apple Maps functionality, the arrow shaped button at the top left of the screen can be used to toggle whether, and how the map follows the user’s current location.

Crime Compass Features

Settings

The following settings are available to configure:

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Crime Categories
  • Set the default crime category shown after launch (Personal or Property).
  • Change the way individual crime metrics affect the overall crime score for a given category.
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Crime Compass
  • Set the default mode shown after launch (Heading or Course).
  • Set the maximum range of the Crime Compass.
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Notifications
  • Allows you to receive notifications when entering a high risk area (requires user permissions).
  • Set whether notifications should only take place when the application is in the background.
  • Determine the threshold at which a notification should take place.
Crime Compass Features
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My Crime Reference
  • Allows you to display a secondary reference score on the Map screen. The national average will be used by default.
  • To enter a description and address for the secondary reference score, turn off 'Use National Average'.
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Advanced
  • The grid resolution is an advanced setting that allows you to modify the resolution of the heat map in an effort to increase accuracy on newer devices, or processing speed on older devices.
  • When taking snapshots to save or share, GPS coordinates can be hidden from appearing in the image heading.
Crime Compass Features