Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Mount Rainier Crime Maps

MRPD crime maps are now online! Effective July 1st, we are now a part of CrimeReports.com, a nation-wide crime mapping service. The Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention has agreed to fund this service for the department for this fiscal year.

I have created a direct link to Mount Rainier's CrimeReports.com map data under the Links heading of the Blog. Simply click on "MRPD Crime Maps by CrimeReports.com" to view our latest crime data. The default view shows all reported crime for the last 14 days. You can customize what you see by sorting the data by crime, date or distance; you can increase or decrease the amount of data displayed by changing the period; and you can view selected crimes using the Crime Type button.

A very useful feature of CrimeReports.com is that it allows you to get crime alerts sent to you via e-mail. Click on !Get Crime Alerts at the top of the page, create an account, and you can receive an alert whenever crime data is posted that is within a specified distance from your home, your child's school or your work (provided you work in a jurisdiction that uses CrimeReports.com).

You will also notice that several other surrounding jurisdictions post their crime data to CrimeReports.com, including the Metropolitan Police, Hyattsville City PD, Bladensburg City PD and Riverdale Park PD to name just a few. You can click and drag the map to view crime data in these jurisdictions.

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