BOZEMAN, Mont. - Bozeman residents now have a way to sift through years of crime data with the click of a button.
Josh Gage is behind a new interactive crime data map. Gage owns and operates Gage Cartographics. He has been using GIS technology to create web-based map applications for a decade.
On this particular map, he spent approximately 30 hours coding over the course of a few weeks. Gage did it all in his spare time.
"It is the sort of data set where there are many occurrences throughout the city and many different types of crime and it would be interesting to visualize the data ," said Gage.
The map allows users to zoom in on any part of Bozeman, and see what crimes happened where. It even puts those crimes into categories like theft, mischief, and DUIs.
"Each crime has a date and time and type. It also gives me a lot of different ways I can slice the data up and look at it in different ways," said Gage.
Gage says there are more than 50,000 incidents pinpointed on the map. He explains the first step in collecting the data was contacting the Bozeman Police Department.
"I contacted the chief and requested the data. He put me in touch with the Gallatin County E 911 that manages all the crime and current data and they sent me the data in a format," said Gage.
Gage says the website has already seen steady web traffic since it was launched on December 28.
"I already feel like it has been successful with 1,500 people viewed it and found it interesting," said Gage.
Gage is already thinking about his next map idea.
"It would be interesting to make a map of all of the restaurants in the county and show which restaurants have had really clean records and no violations, and you could also show which types of restaurants maybe had different types of violations," said Gage.
Bozeman residents can also track crime through crimemapping.com. It is a site that shows crime information most requested by the public on a map over the last 6 months.