New And Powerful Google Maps

English: Wordmark of Google Maps

English: Wordmark of Google Maps (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Google Maps have changed and it looks like it will be easier to switch between maps for referencing. Since I do four week blocks to collect data, staring September 9th I will be doing four weeks worth of info on one map.

Here’s how it works. When I create the map for the next four week block it will be named Sep 9 – Oct 6, 2013. That map will eventually consist of four “layers” which will be named:

Sep 9 – 15

Sep 16 – 22

Sep 23 – 29

Sep 30 – Oct 6

There will be a check mark on the right side of the layer name and by default each layer is checked so it shows the contents of that layer map. So by the end of four weeks it will look quite cluttered. Just uncheck the previous week’s layer maps to see only the current week.

This actually makes it easy to go through previous weeks data and see patterns if we ever get hit again with what appears to be a consistent spree of activity. But that hasn’t happened in a long time and as long as we continue with If You See Something Say Something, we should be good to go.

As far as how I will post to this website under Hot Spot Crime Maps I will have just one link for the four week map, but I will still break down the individual weeks data on number of calls and averages.

You can see the new map in action by clicking this link. I’ve set it so that anyone with the link can view it. You’ll be taken to the current map and you’ll see two layers. Of course there is nothing on next weeks layer as nothing has been reported. But you can uncheck the current layer map and make all that data go away. Once four weeks of data is entered it will be easy to switch between weeks.

The legend has changed somewhat as well:

Mid Night – 4am: BLUE
4am – 8am: ORANGE
8am – 12pm: GREEN
12pm – 4pm: LIGHT BLUE
4pm – 8pm: YELLOW
8pm – Mid Night: PURPLE
Solid tear drop markers are calls from the top three calls (theft, criminal damage or fraud).

Circle markers are all other crime calls.

Star markers are residents calling in suspicious activity.

Home alarms are “!” icons and not added to the overall number of calls.


Hope this all makes sense. If you have any issues, questions or comments don’t hesitate to contact me as I’d like to make this transition as smooth as possible for everyone.

Thanks for all your support.


About Jeff

Long time volunteer in the San Tan Valley/Queen Creek area of Arizona.

Posted on September 1, 2013, in From STHCW and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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