CDS Business Mapping, a provider in online hazard mapping, has added crime scores to the RiskMeter Online (www.riskmeter.com). The scores use predictive modeling technology to estimate the risk of crime for any location in the U.S. based upon demographic and socio-economic characteristics and local crime patterns.
For any location, an overall crime score is given, as well as scores for: crimes against persons, crimes against property, murder, rape, robbery, assault, burglary, larceny and motor vehicle theft. Scores given are a relative index versus the national average for each type of crime. Using the RiskMeter Online, insurers can get back these scores instantly, with a map showing the crime patterns in the neighborhood.
The scores are important to property and auto insurers looking to evaluate the risk of an individual address. These scores give insurers the information necessary to determine the relative risk of a location.