Ghetto GPS Patent – where in Canberra will it warn of?

creative_canberran 10 January 2012 29

This week, Microsoft has been granted a patent for GPS mapping technology that can take, among other things, crime statistics into account when calculating a route.

Last week, someone posted an interesting question about jogging in Canberra late at night, so such a feature sounds useful. So rioters, what specific places/events in Canberra (other than Charnwood and Summernats) do you predict this technology would warn against?


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DUB DUB 10:30 am 10 Jan 12

Oh yess, that is awesome news!
My money will be on Tuggeranong, in particular ( multiple warnings and forced detour for) : Banks, Conder and that other suburb there (sorry, can’t remember the name). I wish I had a permit to blow them up. 🙂

Erg0 Erg0 10:34 am 10 Jan 12

Canberra Hospital would be a no-go zone, if our local Neighbourhood Watch newsletter is anything to go by.

Mysteryman Mysteryman 10:43 am 10 Jan 12

Charnwood, without question. Also the Tuggeranong Hyperdome (and indeed much of Tuggeranong itself).

TheDancingDjinn TheDancingDjinn 11:10 am 10 Jan 12

Mysteryman said :

Charnwood, without question. Also the Tuggeranong Hyperdome (and indeed much of Tuggeranong itself).

I must have missed it twhen Charnwood was active hey – i Don’t live there but i do live near by and usually use their small shopping establishement to pick up last minute things i have forgotten or what not. All i have seen is old people, and some kids with their dads or more old people dressed nice and going to the club there… I don’t believe it has the people in it it once did to make it one of the re occurring jokes here. Where i grew up in Wanniassa it was super safe in the 90’s no worries what so ever – now i would carry a “ULLBE” if i had to walk the Wanniassa streets alone. Times change places change – once apon a time Spence was filled to brim of heroin addicts and dealers – now? Old people. Seems the shit is falling downward don’t you think? hehe

Jethro Jethro 11:14 am 10 Jan 12

I think you will find that Charnwood being the worst crime area in Canberra is a myth and that the inner north has the highest crime rates.

I agree with TheDancingDjinn …. I’ve never felt unsafe in Charnwood even late at night.

fgzk fgzk 11:27 am 10 Jan 12

“I don’t believe it has the people in it it once did to make it one of the re occurring jokes here.”

The joke used to be about Melba when “Barringa” Gardens was in full swing. When they knocked the flats down it was rumored that everyone was moved to Charnwood. Funny whats funny.

Primal Primal 11:51 am 10 Jan 12

Mooseheads.

BlackIce BlackIce 12:06 pm 10 Jan 12

Haig Park perhaps?

bearlikesbeer bearlikesbeer 12:32 pm 10 Jan 12

The Tent Embassy.

Henry82 Henry82 1:11 pm 10 Jan 12

I dont think it’s a big issue here, when you use a GPS, you’re usually in the car – not walking. So unless we have an area with car jackings, the GPS would be kind of pointless.

I assume the technology would take into account the time of day.

arescarti42 arescarti42 1:29 pm 10 Jan 12

http://www.police.act.gov.au/community-safety/crime-statistics

Charnwood patrol zone: 2.6 crimes per 1000 people.

Fyshwick/Oaks Estate patrol zone: 187.7 crimes per 1000 people.

The number is obviously skewed by the fact that no one lives in Fyshwick, but Oaks Estate is still pretty dodgy. The Causeway is also a pretty sketchy hood.

Dork Dork 1:47 pm 10 Jan 12

The reason behind the Charnwood joke is because they have something like 60% public housing there. Personally I haven’t had a problem there, or anywhere really, except Wanniassa. At the school there I nearly had a chair thrown at me by a student, and we had 2 lockdowns in one month.
To be honest I feel like it wont do very well, have to wait and see I guess.

KB1971 KB1971 1:59 pm 10 Jan 12

arescarti42 said :

http://www.police.act.gov.au/community-safety/crime-statistics

Charnwood patrol zone: 2.6 crimes per 1000 people.

Fyshwick/Oaks Estate patrol zone: 187.7 crimes per 1000 people.

The number is obviously skewed by the fact that no one lives in Fyshwick, but Oaks Estate is still pretty dodgy. The Causeway is also a pretty sketchy hood.

& Banks/Conder is only 2.9 Dub, what suburb do you live in that is so pristine? (My bet is the Causway…..)

creative_canberran creative_canberran 4:10 pm 10 Jan 12

Henry82 said :

I dont think it’s a big issue here, when you use a GPS, you’re usually in the car – not walking. So unless we have an area with car jackings, the GPS would be kind of pointless.

I assume the technology would take into account the time of day.

Patent is a bit abstract but they would probably intend it for their smarphones which a lot of people use for cycling and walking directions.

Pork Hunt Pork Hunt 5:35 pm 10 Jan 12

Will it go into meltdown if you drive past the AMC?

miz miz 7:09 pm 10 Jan 12

Most Canberrans PSI would be Gunghetto in general . . .

drfelonious drfelonious 7:26 pm 10 Jan 12

Interesting that Charnwood has relatively low crime rate. I have lived there in the past, and when I mention that to friends from the ‘inner south’ (what a wanky real estate branding attempt that is) they look horrified, but the stats show Charnwood to be more crime free!

Humble pie anyone – assuming those of you who bagged Charnwood subscribe to the reality based community?

Deckard Deckard 7:36 pm 10 Jan 12

Dork said :

To be honest I feel like it wont do very well, have to wait and see I guess.

Pretty sure they’ve designed it to be used in cities like Los Angeles rather than sleepy old Canberra.

RedDogInCan RedDogInCan 9:33 pm 10 Jan 12

drfelonious said :

Interesting that Charnwood has relatively low crime rate.

It’s not so much that more crimes are committed in Charnwood, it’s just that the majority of the dumbest criminals seem to live there.

Whilst we are looking at the stats, the overall crime rate for the ACT is 4.6 crimes per 1000 population. If we assume that suburbs with rates higher than that are unsafe then the top contenders are:

Fyshwick/Oaks Estate 187.7
Civic 75.6
Tuggeranong Town Centre 41.5
Bonner/Ford 39.4
Woden Town Centre 30.4
Belconnen Town Centre 18.3
Braddon/Reid 9.5
Gungahlin Town Centre 9.3
Acton/Turner 6.2
Ainslie/Dickson 5.8
Barton/Deakin/Forest 5.6
Kambah 5.0

RedDogInCan RedDogInCan 9:41 pm 10 Jan 12

Something that is interesting from the crime stats is that 15 of the 34 sexual offences committed during December 2011 were committed in the Chisholm/Gilmore/Richardson patrol sector. No other sector has anything like that number.

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