Have you ever wondered how many crimes occur each year in the city you live in? Are you traveling to a city you’ve never been to before and want to know if you’ll be staying in a high crime area? If so, then Crime Gauge may or may not be helpful to you.
You can find crime statistics by having the app find your current location, or by typing in the city and state abbreviation. If the application finds the location you’ve requested, it will be displayed at the bottom of the screen. Herein lies the first major problem. The app claims to carry statistics for over 10, 000 American cities. However, I typed in several locations that the app could not find data for. Some of these locations were cities and some were small towns. The app just doesn’t have data for every single area of the US. This app will be useless to you and a waste of money if your local town isn’t available. The application does not offer a list of cities that are included before purchasing the app.
If you happen to live in a large city, then this application will most likely have your crime stats. Once your town’s statistics are found, you can view them in color-coded bars and in actual numbers. You can view murder, property crime, auto theft, robbery, violent crime and rape. The center of each bar is the national average. If the bar is in the green, then crime is low. Red signifies a high crime area.
You can also switch the view to exact numbers for each type of crime. This chart will display the numbers for your town and how many times the national average it is.
The funny part of crime gauge is the “about” button. Tapping “about” brings up a disclaimer page that states, “All data is from 2007. Crime data may not be completely accurate.” The data is old and may not be correct? This doesn’t sound like an app I’d want to invest in.
The user interface is simple, boring and unattractive. There are no features to customize your experience. There are no options to save stats for specific cites. You can’t even email data to yourself or a friend. It would have been nice to have a way to compare two cities side-by-side to see which one is safer. There is just nothing extra in this bare bones app.
Crime Gauge is a paid application that offers only a portion of the vast amount of data that is actually available to you on the Internet for free. The state police offers precise crime statistics in every single town, even the small ones, on their website. All this data is always current, from one year before, not two. In some cases you can view data from year to date. I cannot recommend purchasing this application for any reason.
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