Congratulations to the DeKalb County Police Department for finally following through on the internet based crime statistics and maps that were promised quite a bit ago when Chief Terrell Bolton spoke at the annual meeting of the Dunwoody North Civic Association.
The site looks good and I was able to go back several months to see the past history of an area and I was even able to see a complete three month history of a small area like a specific neighborhood. There is even a reporting function whereby any future crime reported within 2 miles of my home will be reported to me via e-mail. For the 5 minutes that I looked at it, I am impressed but I still need to play with it a little more to have a final opinion.
Below is crime map of Dunwoody for the first two weeks of January as shown in CRIMETRAC as compared to the same data that was also provided today in the old format of pdf documents. I haven't compared the two sets of crime statistics that should be identical but I believe the mapping and historical data makes a world of difference in analyzing the information.
I have already been promised that the Dunwoody Police Department will have something very comparable.
CRIMETRAC is an innovative mapping system designed to give citizens a first hand look at crime statistics in unincorporated DeKalb County. CRIMETRAC is another element of the Department’s Interactive Community Policing (ICP) Unit’s partnership with the community. Through ICP the Department has engaged citizens in the fight against crime and raised public confidence. The goal of CRIMETRAC is to reduce the fear of crime through better informed citizenry and improve the quality of life in DeKalb County.
• Innovative mapping system for citizens
• Provides accurate and timely crime data in the form of reports and maps
• Informs citizens of activities taking place in their own neighborhoods
• Citizen friendly and easy to use
Using CRIMETRAC is as easy as 1, 2, 3!
|- By Address|
|- By Crime|
|- Number of crimes within radius|
|- Number of crimes near specific address|
|3. Obtain Report|
|- Data Range|
|- Crime Type|