Monday, July 24, 2017
Montgomery County blackout on crime data enters Day 5
As I reported over the weekend, you can search Google for "Montgomery County Open Data." In the top result, you should see a sub-result labeled "Crime." Click "Crime," and instead of the usual database of 911 calls (not to be confused with other, smaller datasets on arrests and traffic tickets), you get a screen demanding you sign in. Even if you sign in, it still refuses to give you access to the crime data.
There is no "webmaster" email given, or form to report glitches on the site. Even a 1990s website had the former.
Either there is a glitch, or the County has made a political decision to remove crime incident data from the site, possibly due to the spike in gang violence or...?