trulia.com will soon launch maps showing crime data for 50 US metropolitan areas, according to a report by gigaom.com.
gigaom.com explains that these maps will be launched in June, and that their creation was made possible by trulia.com’s December 2010 acquisition of Movity. The maps will allow users to filter crimes by type:
“Real estate listings are a commodity,” gigaom.com quotes trulia.com CEO Pete Flint as saying. “It’s the user experience and the information that accompanies [the listings] that makes it consumable.”
The launch of crime maps follows trulia.com’s April launch of a quarterly report and interactive map to show homeowners where price reductions are taking place. In March, the real estate search engine launched a system to identify discrepancies between MLS data and that provided by third party syndicators and other non-MLS sources.