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Crime area avoidance system

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000236988D
Publication Date: 2014-May-23
Document File: 5 page(s) / 101K

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Abstract

Disclosed are a method and system to color-code the crime statistics gathered over regions and then differentiate low-to-minimal crime areas from high crime areas. These statistics are then coordinated with a traveler’s Global Positioning System (GPS) system to indicate the crime rate over the areas through which a user is passing.

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Crime area avoidance system

Local police departments gather crime statistics over city and county regions. When a visitor is entering or passing through a region, the visitor does not have any idea whether the region is safe (i.e. a low-crime vs. high-crime area). A system is needed that correlates the crime statistics within a designated location and maps the danger level to a traveler's Global Positioning System (GPS).

The novel contribution is a method and system to color-code the crime statistics gathered over regions and then differentiate low-to-minimal crime areas from high crime areas. These statistics are then coordinated with the traveler's GPS system to indicate the crime rate over the areas through which a user is passing. The traveler can set an alarm or warning message to indicate entry into an area with a crime rate above which the traveler is comfortable (pre-set threshold). The traveler can either then avoid those areas or at least not stop in those areas for any type of service.

The main features and functions of the crime area avoidance system include:


 Color coded correlation of crime statistics within regions


 Transmission of those crime statistics to a GPS


 Overlay of the crime statistics on the GPS map


 Warning of area in which the crime statistics are above the comfort level of the traveler


 Ability to sort crime statistics for crimes that might involve a traveler


 Ability to warn the driver if there is not sufficient fuel to travel to an area with a sufficient comfort level for the traveler

Shown in Figure 1 is a map of a city over-layed with the crime statistics for that city. Included in the figure is the legend for the crime rate. As the traveler approaches the area, the traveler can make a decision to stop for gas, food, or lodging based on the crime statistics. In looking for safe areas to stop, the GPS danger area can be coupled to the on-board remaining mileage calculator to ensure that the traveler has sufficient fuel to travel to a safe area for refueling or resting. Based on the traveler's comfort zone, the traveler could decide whether to stop for service...