Top 5 Public Safety Concerns of Ordinary People in 2018


The Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2018) is just a few weeks away and this show always seems to set the focus on various topics each year like Smart Cities, etc.  We will be attending for the day on January 10th in Las Vegas.  I am hoping to see more focus on consumer geographic proximity awareness public safety services and software.  Smart cities have been a hot topic of late and I think cities would be smarter if Local, State and Federal bureaucrats & agencies focused on these safety issues.

Public safety can be a politicized topic and the reason I have called out the concerns of "ordinary people" is because most government officials don't always focus on what really matters to most of us and often have conflict with donations and public agency agendas.  Here are our top public safety concerns based on the search 6,000,000+ visitors we receive on a annual basis to our public safety maps.

1)  Road Safety - More people are killed in car, pedestrian and bike accidents each year in the United States.  Wouldn't you like to know where most of the accidents are occurring?  The 80/20 rule applies to car, pedestrian, bike & train accidents in most cities.  BadIntersections.com has the data that public agencies and navigation app companies should be using to warn drivers and pedestrians of the potential hazards. PhotoEnforced.com is a complimentary database of traffic cameras, red light cameras and school safety cameras.  If you are in an accident you might want to subpoena the video from the City for insurance purposes.

2)  Safety at School - School violence captured on video seems to be at an all time high.  Violence and fights have always occurred at school but now it seems to be glorified similar to MMA.  This is a concerning trend for the future of our educational systems and all parents should be aware if violence at their children's school is a problem.  DangerousSchools.com is a map database of hazardous intersections near schools as well as a database of schools that have a track record of violence.   See our Dangerous Schools YouTube channel.

3)  Safety at Home - More & more people are becoming aware of the public safety risks that big industries like oil and gas drilling, refining and power generation pose on our environment and local air & water quality.  This concern is reflected by home prices in areas that have heavy industry activity.  DrillingMaps.com, RefineryMaps.com, and PowerPlantMaps.com tries to help real estate buyers and sick home owners with cancer and related illnesses to better understand the health and safety issues going on around them with the growing trend of fracking and urban oil & gas drilling.

4)  Safety at Work - A topic that is not widely discussed is indoor air quality.  How do you know if your office building, hospital or hotel room has clean air and the operator cleans their HVAC system frequently?  You can't smell all air quality hazards and bacteria floating in the air. We launched 2 new maps this past summer of hotels, hospitals and office buildings with frequent reports of poor indoor air quality issues to raise awareness of this problem.  Smellyrooms.com and SickBuildingsMap.com

5)  Cell Phone Coverage - How many times have you been driving in a  canyon, hilly, wooded area and found yourself with zero cell phone coverage?  What would happen if you found yourself in an emergency and couldn't make a phone call?  Have you had cell reception at your home and now suddenly have none?  These are all trends that are not discussed in the media as carriers have sold their cell towers and are only concerned with shoving more data down your throat.  Carriers lack any local competition thanks to the FCC and seem to care less about helping you make a quality phone call anymore.  Deadcellzones.com is a database of coverage problems reported by mobile phone users. 

Why are we aggregating and crowdsourcing this data?  We would like companies, governments and to developers use (license) this data alongside other services to help people live live healthier and safer lives.  

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