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Interactive maps reveal crime next door

Think there's a lot of crime in your neighborhood? Now there's an easy way to find out. In this latest Red Tape Chronicles video, we explore the fast-growing segment of Web sites that marry police data to interactive maps, allowing residents to easily check up on their neighborhood's crime rate.

You can watch the video by clicking here. It was produced by NBC's Colleen Sanvido with help from Andrew Gross, and edited by David Bentley. The three-dimensional graphics come courtesty of NBC's Patrick Longstreth.

To read more about the crime-mapping services, click on this earlier entry.