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."