This is a pretty cool app- sorry if you already get the city updates and have seen this, but thought this was really useful. Mr. Safety (my husband) will certainly have an close eye on it. And it's much more user friendly than the 5-0 radio iPhone app I downloaded recently that a friend told me to check out- which is a police scanner and I can't understand a word they are saying. Anyway- this is cool- check it...
Starting today, Kirkland residents can search various types of crime by location or city-wide through the online website www.crimemapping.com. Through a grant from the Washington Auto Theft Prevention Authority, the Kirkland Police Department can provide crime data near a resident’s home, a Kirkland business, or school to those who create an online account with CrimeMapping.com™. Browsers can view crime incidents that have occurred within the previous 180 days. Data is transferred from approved police case reports to the system. The system is updated Tuesday through
Friday. Crimes types displayed include arson, assault, burglary, public disturbance, robbery, motor vehicle theft, and various other crimes. Users can also subscribe to receive free automatic customized crime alerts viae-mail for their neighborhood. In addition to incident data, browsers canclick to crime prevention tips. To directly access Kirkland data, go to http://www.CrimeMapping.com Washington State, and then select Kirkland or link to the portal from the City’s website at www.kirklandwa.gov/crimemapping.
The Kirkland Police Department is encouraging residents to begin familiarizing themselves with the
program. A detail presentation is planned for the Kirkland Alliance of Neighborhoods on June 21, 7 p.m., City Hall Council Chambers, 123 5thAvenue. Kirkland neighborhood associations that would like a demonstration can contact Neighborhood Resource Officer Audra Weber at 425-587-3451 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
“We are pleased to host this web based community crime mapping program as it promotes trust and transparency by keeping the citizens of Kirkland well informed regarding recent crime activity in the city,” notes Kirkland Police Captain Bill Hamilton.
“We genuinely want our community to be the eyes and ears of their police
department and to do so, the community needs to be familiar with crime
incidents where they live and work.”
Kirkland Police officers will also be using the program to help them more easily identify crime trends
in their assigned patrol districts.