Service lets residents track crime

Police Department partners with CrimeReports 'to provide a tool for crime prevention, community awareness, and data transparency'

Mountain View residents can now access a map of the crimes that occur in their neighborhood, thanks to a partnership between the city's Police Department and CrimeReports, an online crime-tracking service.

CrimeReports uses daily updates from the Mountain View Police Department to categorize and display recently reported crimes on a Google map. Residents can type in their address to see any nearby crimes on the interactive map. A list of the crimes and locations where they occurred appears on the left.

Residents can also sign up to receive e-mails from CrimeReports based on "user-defined parameters" such as proximity, crime type or crime frequency. For example, any crime of a certain type which occurred within a specified distance from a resident's home can generate an e-mail notice.

According to the city Web site, which also posts a CrimeReports map, "The Mountain View Police Department subscribes to CrimeReports in order to provide a tool for crime prevention, community awareness, and data transparency."

In a press release, the Police Department also stated that "This service will provide a significant amount of information to our community members which will encourage awareness about what is going on in their neighborhood."


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Posted by j
a resident of Monta Loma
on Jul 27, 2009 at 2:53 pm

Hey this is great, but there needs to be more detail about what happened, what was stolen, what type of vehicle, etc....

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Posted by Angela Hey
Mountain View Voice Blogger
on Jul 28, 2009 at 3:08 pm

Angela Hey is a registered user.

You can also follow the Mountain View Police Department on Twitter @MountainViewPD. Don't reply to their Tweets - they don't have time to answer.

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