• Web site helps track crime reports

  • Want to check if your neighborhood is riddled with crime?

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  • Want to check if your neighborhood is riddled with crime?
    If you have Internet access, you now can.
    The Web site is www.crimereports.com. The Independence Police Department recently implemented the city’s crime reports onto the Web site.
    The site provides law enforcement agencies with an affordable, simple-to-use service for managing and controlling the sharing of crime data with the public and in near real-time.
    “If there’s a rash of shed break-ins two blocks away from you, that’s information you need to have,” crime prevention officer Rob Romey said. “Then neighbors can take a proactive approach to preventing their sheds from getting broke into.”
    Romey revealed the site during a meeting Tuesday with residents involved in various neighborhood watches.
    A user can enter an address of interest, like a home, office or school, into a search box and click “get report” to see criminal activity in that surrounding area.
    The site categorizes crime incidents into 15 general crime type categories and 21 subcategories of crime and calls for service activity. Some of these include assault, breaking and entering, homicide, property crime, robbery, theft of vehicle, and sex offense.
    By clicking on an incident, the information available is the time the call came into police, the block number and street name. Also, it has the “identifier” number that is the incident report number the police use to track the progression of the case.
    It’s up to detectives or other police officials whether they will provide further, more detailed information to neighbors who inquire about a specific crime.
    “The majority of the reason behind it (implement) was to better inform citizens about what’s going on in their city,” Romey said.
    He hopes the block watch captains can look up the information about incidents happening in their neighborhoods and spread that information to neighbors in their block watch.
    Independence police officials update the data daily during the week.
    Based on the type of data police chose to make available, people can sign up to receive daily, weekly or monthly e-mail alerts regarding criminal activity and police dispatch calls for service in their neighborhood. The majority of crime and call incident records are available indefinitely on the site.
    1. Go to www.crimereports.com
    2. Move the mouse over the state (Missouri) on the map of the United States.
    3. Click on one of the listed cities (Independence)
    4. A map will automatically appear with information.
    5. Click on the boxes for a particular incident. Sometimes, there are multiple incidents for a site.

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