FBI Launches New Thief-Catching Map

Whether you're just trying to find a way to that restaurant you keep hearing about, or you want to hunt down bank robbers at large for some (ill-advised!) vigilante justice, Google Maps has got you covered. At least now that the FBI has whipped up its own robber-tracking map in the US.

The new project indexes bank robberies by location, including geotagged security cam images of the robbers and a written physical description. You can search the map not only by dragging around, but also by searching. And you can narrow your results down even further by limiting results to certain races, sexes, weapons used, even whether or not the robber you're looking for has been caught or not.

It's not exactly the most user-friendly thing ever, but it's definitely a step in the right direction when it comes to utilising technology and pooling data to try and catch people who like to run around with guns and point them at people for money. Of course, the FBI is also working on a $US1 billion dollar program to compile data on people, but at least they're only publicising the robbers, right? [FBI via Fast Company]

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