New York City Releases an Interactive Rat Map
The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has announced a new initiative, an interactive map that informs users of the number of rats living in their neighborhood. Dubbed the Rat Information Portal (RIP), the mapping system lets users search through inspection data and use tools within the program to view their property on a map to determine if their area is suffering from a rat problem.
By using RIP, one can search by borough, address, block number and zip code to reveal inspection results and rat violations from as far back as September 2009. Users can see problem conditions (garbage, clutter, nesting), active rat signs (tracks, droppings, burrows, gnaw marks) and cleanup efforts by the Health Department, among other inspection results.
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