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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Westport Police Debut Online Crime Mapping Service

The Westport Police Department today launched its new online crime mapping and reporting service.WestportNow.com Image
The Westport Police Department’s online crime reporting tool went live today at crimereports.com. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

Approved by the Board of Selectmen earlier this month (See WestportNow Dec. 16, 2009), the online crime reporting tool has won praise from other departments around the country which have implemented it.

“One of the goals of the Westport Police Department is to better inform the public about crimes and other safety related issues that affect our community,” the department said in a news release.

“In order to better serve our community the Westport Police Department is now part of CrimeReports.com.”

The service will allow residents to see why, where and when officers were called to their neighborhood, the department said. The crime incident data is near real-time and residents can sort the data by date and location and sign up for e-mail alerts.

Users can control the e-mail crime alerts they receive by specifying the address, the crime types, and the distance from the address from which they wish to receive alerts, the department said.

“This is a win-win arrangement for the Westport Police Department,” said Captain Sam Arciola. “We hope that as we keep our residents better informed about events in their neighborhood that we will also find important information coming back to us as well.”

He said it is important to understand that due to the timeliness of the reporting, investigations will not yet have been completed, and the information will be preliminary and subject to change during the course of the investigation.

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