Ghetto Tracker

Ghetto Tracker – another “social” application with faults

You’ll probably be hearing more and more about this web map “app” called Ghetto Tracker. A simple Google Maps mashup marketed to simply be a “neighborhood ranker.”

You basically go to the website, click “rate an area,” type an address and rate it either safe, above average, average, below average or unsafe.

As you can see in the screen shot below, not many areas in Hoboken have been rated, but the “projects” already have been deemed “unsafe.”

Ghetto Tracker is it accurate for places like hoboken NJ - Ghetto Tracker

Ghetto Tracker susceptible to inaccuracies

For one – these map “mashups,” like any anonymous poll or rating system are very easily susceptible to fraud or inaccurate rankings.

If you were trying to sell Real Estate in an “unsafe” neighborhood – you’d be inclined to rank it “safe” as not to scare potential buyers. Conversely, if you’re looking for a new property in a known “safe” neighborhood, you might benefit by ranking it “unsafe” in order to score a lower price. Either way, when tons of idiots have access to a ranking system like this, you never know what the truth really is unless you lived there personally.

Wonder when someone will “rank” areas like the 2nd Street and 9th Street Light Rail Stations? Or 3rd & Jefferson where the homicide took place?

What do you think of Ghetto Tracker? Useful? Useless? Flash in the pan?

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animal_lover
animal_lover
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 12:12 am

I believe a “Bambi tracker” would be more reliable. Any behaviors that attract criminal element attention would show realtime highlights of the potential victim on the map.

HansBrix
HansBrix
Tuesday, September 24, 2013 8:35 pm

I’d rely on this the way I’d rely on fake Yelp reviews.

A number of years ago the NY Times had a Homicide Map where you could drill in on specific incidents in specific neighborhoods – so it can be done. Maybe not cheaply tho.

And GoogleGhetto would be a better name.

QJ201
QJ201
Tuesday, September 24, 2013 8:51 am

I’m sure if you plotted the activity of the Hoboken PD… it would support that claim about the projects.

HomeTeam
HomeTeam
Reply to  QJ201
Tuesday, September 24, 2013 9:53 am

Using that info might lead one to believe that there was a lot of crime at Luca Brasi’s where it seems the Hoboken and PA cops are always parked, at least two cars in the crosswalk while they eat their free sandwiches.[quote comment=”221720″]I’m sure if you plotted the activity of the Hoboken PD… it would support that claim about the projects.[/quote]

joey maxim
joey maxim
Reply to  QJ201
Tuesday, September 24, 2013 10:13 am

The horrific incident occurred across the street from ST Francis Church,in fromt of Clock
Towers 3rd st side..That is not a ghetto area. People tend mass nights and sundays. The
three kids came from out of town,and for what ever motive to mug or hurt one that has
nothing of value is strange.. Dosent make sense..to take a train to the west side and
pray on a helpless victim? It can happen anywhere,in this city state country..God bless the
victims soul.[quote comment=”221720″]I’m sure if you plotted the activity of the Hoboken PD… it would support that claim about the projects.[/quote]

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