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SpotCrime Surpasses Half a Million Subscribers

SpotCrime – the most comprehensive online source for crime data – has surpassed 500,000 subscribers just prior to the end of 2012, making the Baltimore-based company the most visited crime mapping site in the world.

“Nearly 55 percent of online users looking for incident details and crime mapping information now turn to SpotCrime,” says the company’s Founder and President, Colin Drane. “That’s more than double our nearest competitor and has resulted in SpotCrime sending an average of 165,000 crime alert emails per day or more than five million email alerts monthly.”

In addition, SpotCrime has become the most liked crime map on Facebook, garnering more than 70 percent of Facebook “likes.”

The company anticipates those numbers will increase in the future due to recent expansions of its partnerships with two of the country’s largest media companies, Sinclair and Gannett. Those partnerships mean that television stations in 15 additional markets throughout the U.S. – including Atlanta, Buffalo, Jacksonville, Sacramento, and Washington, D.C. – will now carry crime data generated by SpotCrime on their websites.

In addition, SpotCrime's "MyLocalCrime" brand has been chosen by the national news site Topix.com as its sole provider for crime maps. Topix's viewers can now easily access a crime map for every section of the U.S.

SpotCrime’s “Crime Transparency Model™” enables it to pull crime incident data from multiple sources in close to real time, including local county and city police departments and validated news sources, to produce a comprehensive and accurate record of local crime information and locations.

“The idea for SpotCrime came about because I felt very strongly that the more people who are aware of what is occurring in their communities, the higher the chance that a community will be proactive in the fight against crime,” says Drane.

Drane’s original idea has made it one of the most visited hyper-local news sites on the web. With continued subscriber growth and retention, the company’s website and other applications now have a five-year proven track record of effectively engaging the public with timely, relevant crime information.

For more information about SpotCrime, visit the company’s website at www.spotcrime.com.

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