In its never ending quest to totally freak my mother out by convincing her that her son is in constant danger, living as he does in the hive of scum and villainy that is Wallingford, the city has set up a new “Tweets by Beat” program, which should provide a constant flow of affirmation for paranoia:
Tweets By Beat works a lot like a police scanner, giving you information about what type of crimes officers are responding to, and where those crimes are happening. [...]
There are a few caveats: in order to protect crime victims, officers, and the integrity of crime scenes, calls will appear on the Twitter feeds one hour after a dispatcher sends the call to an officer. The feeds also do not include information about domestic violence calls, sexual assaults, and other certain types of crimes.
Fortunately, my mother isn’t quite sure what “The Twitter” is, so the primary danger here is that if there is a special Internet thing to report on Wallingford crime, there must be a lot of it. But rest easy, Mom! Seattle also provides the “My Neighborhood Map” of crime, and a glance at it recently showed that Wallingford is relatively crime-free compared to its neighbors Fremont and the University District:
The icons make everything seem much worse (any drug crime is transformed into a needle and that thing that looks like a bomb is just “illegal dumping”). Of course, we’re curious what icon would be used for “Amazon Fresh stolen from porch” (which happened yet again, this time to Becca down the street) or for “windshield wipers stolen from car” (our co-editor, Margaret!)