Announced last week, the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office is now using a tool to keep the public informed of crime activity in the county.
After several months of planning and development, the sheriff’s department has begun a partnership with CrimeReports.com, an interactive mapping system that allows the public to see law enforcement calls. Mapped incidents specific to the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office can be found at crimereports.com/agency/HamiltonCoIN, or on the CrimeReports app.
“While we have provided our calls for service in list form on our website for years, CrimeReports offers the public a more interactive way to view the information,” Sheriff Mark Bowen said. “Using the filter feature, viewers can narrow down a search or broaden it to include multiple agencies, ranges of dates and incident types across the county. This is just one more way we can keep our citizens aware and informed of incidents and trends that may affect their lives.”
The CrimeReports site works by gathering information from the Hamilton County Public Safety Communications Center and plotting the data on a map of the county. Addresses are given as hundred blocks rather than specific locations to protect victim privacy. Users can view general information about each incident. The site also can create an alert to monitor activity around a specific location as well as show individuals on the Sex and Violent Offender Registry.
The sheriff’s department said it hopes the site will enhance crime prevention efforts by promoting awareness of the types of crimes reported around the county. It also provides deputies and detectives easy access to information.
CrimeReports is available in the App Store for iOS devices by searching “CrimeReports by Motorola.”