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06 Oct 2010

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Location-Based Services Used to Scout “Worst Neighborhoods” in U.S.

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Location-based services are used for pretty much anything these days. From gather situational data of key restaurants and hot spots (in real time) while you walk the street of Paris, to telling you where the most dangerous neighborhoods are in the U.S. According to Time Magazine, NeighborhoodScout, a consulting company that works in risk assessment and location-based analysis, has released a list of the 25 most dangerous neighborhoods in the country. The rankings came about after analyzing the rates of violent crime per 1,000 people, with data provided by 17,000 law enforcement agencies across the country. The top spot went to the Chicago neighborhood of West Lake Street, contained within the 60612 zip code. If you live in that area code, according to their statistics, you have a 1 in 4 chance of being the victim of a crime. Neighborhoods in Cleveland, Las Vegas and Atlanta also made the list. Why is this important? Well, because this is the first study that uses location-based data to study neighborhoods, as opposed to entire cities. Plus, we want to avoid those neighborhoods where we may get car-jacked. Read more here.

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