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U.S. town police launch new real-time crime map system online, could empower residents to cooperate with police.


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The Santa Cruz Police Department signed on with a crime-mapping Web site to allow the community to keep track of crime in real time on specific streets, by date or type of crime.

Westside resident Deborah Elston, who helped create the community group Santa Cruz Neighbors, called the service “an awesome tool” that will empower residents to be proactive in working with police.

“Think about all those eyes and ears watching out for each other,” Elston said. “It enables residents to know what’s going on in their neighborhoods.”

The mapping system works by extracting data from the department’s records system so that the information being viewed is the most current available. Data is verified for accuracy, and all address information is generalized by block in order to help ensure privacy is protected. READ MORE HERE

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