Salem area residents now have access to online crime mapping services via a new service provided by the Salem Police Department. Working with nearly 1,000 law enforcement agencies across the United States, www.CrimeReports.com is an online communication venue for law enforcement to disseminate neighborhood crime information quickly and efficiently.
Web technology allows the police department to transfer their raw crime data to the site where easy to view mapping lets the user get block-level crime data for their area. Simply enter an address of interest, such as your home, office or school, and select "Get Report."
It's not real time, but it is quick time. The site lets you view crimes within 72 hours of their reporting. Citizens can also narrow their search to pinpoint the type of crime you want to know about, such as robberies or theft from vehicles. Victim identification is removed as part of the data publishing process, but incident descriptions and case numbers are available should a citizen want to request a copy of the report. Additionally, integrated mapping also allows users to view sex offender information for their neighborhood.
The site is free to the public and users may keep up with reported crime in their area by signing up for email crime alerts or keep connected via social networking sites, such as Facebook and Twitter. Also available is an iPhone application that lets you perform the same searches while you're on the go.
The Salem Police Department anticipates that by making the information available to the public, residents might respond by taking some personal actions to prevent becoming a victim, such as leaving their porch lights on at night and remembering to lock their doors and windows.
Other local jurisdictions subscribed to provide this service to their communities include Adair Village, Aumsville, Aurora, Dallas, Gervais, Independence, Keizer, Lincoln City, Marion County, Monmouth, Stayton and Turner.
For more information contact the Salem Police Department Crime Prevention Unit at 503-588-6175.