Police Release Interactive Crime Map to Public

Published 05/21 2014 12:47PM

Updated 05/22 2014 07:32AM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) The St. Joseph Police Department has released an interactive crime map to the public detailing crime activity throughout the city.

The map breaks down the types of crime, where it's occurred and how often.

"To know these things and to know where the crime is happening, I think would be excellent," stated Katie Burns of St. Joseph. 

The map shows also shows crime patterns in the city and alerts the public about crimes as they happen.

"Type in the address on the website and then look at the crime they want to look at in that particular area," stated Sergeant Tracy Barton, crime analysis for the police department.

Barton says it's important the public not only be made aware of crimes near them but know what to look for. He adds they can even help police solve crimes by submitting tips through the website.

"They can be potential eyes for and ears for the police department," added Barton.

Many seem excited for the crime map and hope it will help reduce crime.

"I actually think that it would be beneficial for the community to know where crime is happening and where the larger crime areas are," added Burns.

The crime map even shows hot spots in the city. Police say they eventually plan to purchase software that would show when crimes are most likely happen to occur and where.

"The more data you have, the better informed the public can be so if we can get more people online then that would be very beneficial to the public," said Barton.
The map, sponsored through RAIDS Online even allows customers to receive crime alerts for a particular area through its mobile app. The map is something some wish they had available to use before purchasing a home.

"I kind of wish I would've known that these things were happening because I feel like maybe I would have looked for a different place," said Burns.

The interactive map is free to use and free for the city. To see what crimes have been reported near you click here.

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