PUBLIC SAFETY GETS INTERACTIVE
BSO LAUNCHES CRIMEMAPPING SITE
- Date: July 11, 2014 PIO Number: 14-7-12
Ever wish you had a window into the world of law enforcement, a way to see what crimes are being committed in your neighborhood? Now you do. The Broward Sheriff’s Office is launching CrimeMapping, an online mapping application which proactively shares information with the public.
The initial catalyst for the project came as a request from the City of Deerfield Beach. City administrators saw the need for more visibility in determining crime trends within their neighborhoods and reached out to BSO for the solution. Working collaboratively with BSO’s Information Technology Division, city officials helped develop the project into fruition.
“When I first put together my District 4 crime alert, I did it because I felt that keeping our residents informed on crime in their neighborhood is extremely important, both from a safety standpoint and as a crime prevention strategy. Sheriff Israel and his team have worked hard with our staff to create an online solution that meets our needs and surpasses our wildest expectations,” Deerfield City Commissioner Bill Ganz said.
CrimeMapping is a web-based interactive service available to the public starting today. It provides reliable and timely crime information. The site puts analytical information in the hands of users with an easy-to-use interface, icons depicting various types of crimes and search capabilities within the geographical areas served by BSO. The user can also search for crimes within a given date range, going back six months from the date of the search.
Want to be alerted when a crime happens near your home, work or school? CrimeMapping allows users to sign up for automatic crime alerts within their areas of interest. The site can also make it easier to report information on specific crimes by providing a link to the Broward Crime Stoppers website.
“Community involvement is invaluable in crime prevention. By making residents aware of the crimes happening in their surroundings, we’re empowering them to take an active role in helping us keep an eye on crime,” Sheriff Scott Israel said.
Access the CrimeMapping site by going to: www.sheriff.org. A CrimeMapping iPhone app is available for download with an Android version of the application expected to be released by year’s end. You can view a brief tutorial to get the most out of this new public safety tool by going to: www.sheriff.org.
THIS REPORT BY: Gina Carter/PIO
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