One part of my job is to help people work with something incredibly boring - data sets - and do fun things with them. Data sets are just what they sound like - huge reams of statistical data. Our job is to create programs and precedent that allows people to turn these numbers into relevant stories.
For example, the DC Police Department set this up. They've taken police data and turned it into an interactive map. Just plug in your address and see how many purse-snatchings have been on your block. Here's the haps on my office. Google "crime statistics" and your city and see if there is one in your area. As far as I know, there's no national database yet.