For Immediate Release: 3/9/2012 11:59 am
Worcester, MA (March 9, 2012) - Worcester Police Department Joins CrimeReports.com, the National Crime Map. Citizens have free access to neighborhood crime data through the Worcester Police Department website and iPhone app.
The Worcester Police Department is pleased to announce that citizens can now gain access to neighborhood level crime incident data in near real time. The service also allows people to anonymously provide tips to the department.
“Providing reliable, timely information to our citizens is one of our top priorities, because an informed public is a safer public,” says Chief Gary J. Gemme. “Partnering with CrimeReports gives us the ability to keep the public informed on a regular basis as to what is going on in the community.”
The public can access the free crime data through the website or through the CrimeReports iPhone app, available for free download in the Apple iTunes store. The new service even lets local citizens sign up for free customizable email updates, so they can monitor crime in their neighborhood. “Information is power,” Chief Gemme added. “And we hope that giving the community this information will help them understand crime trends and lower crime in their neighborhoods.”
“The Worcester Police Department is demonstrating its leadership in law enforcement by finding new ways to connect with the public at a personal level,” said Greg Whisenant, founder and CEO of CrimeReports. “By partnering with us, they are recognizing the value of the public’s involvement and being proactive in both policing and investing in programs that make a difference.” The web-based CrimeReports service is designed to be affordable for agencies of all sizes.
Along with the interactive crime map, citizens also have access to the anonymous tipping platform TipSoft, which is used by more than 700 law enforcement agencies nationwide. When a tip is sent, it is encrypted and routed through secure servers, protecting the personal details of the tip provider. It also allows police to exchange text messages with the tip provider without ever knowing the person’s identity. Text users can send their tip to “CRIMES” (274637) with the keyword TIPWPD and your message.
More than a thousand other law enforcement agencies of all sizes across North America are sharing their crime information with the public through the national crime map, including Newark, Baltimore, Boston, San Jose, San Francisco, Portland, Washington D.C., Los Angeles County, and more. The map currently covers nearly 30% of the US population.
You can access your local crime map and sign up for daily, weekly, or monthly email crime updates at www.CrimeReports.com.