You Can Track Local Crime Online

You Can Track Local Crime Online



Today’s mobile-high tech society means that your next door neighbor could be a complete stranger to you, an oddity of our times. We’re better connected with online “friends” in the UK and Taiwan then we are with people living in our own neighborhoods.

It is that sort of anonymity which can cause problems, particularly if there is a break-in or when some other type of vandalism takes place. A generation or two ago when a crime was reported, neighbors quickly alerted each other or sent out a warning when a strange car or person was spotted nearby.

Empty Neighborhoods = Trouble

Today, many neighborhoods are empty during the day as both the husband and wife work, with some homes empty for days on end as people travel, often without telling their neighbors that they would be gone for awhile. Empty homes are an easy target for thieves, driving up crime rates in some neighborhoods sharply.

Tracking Crime Online

There is a way for you to track local crime even if your neighbors are literal strangers. Thanks to the initiative of one website, local law enforcement personnel can share crime reports right online. is a site where registered law enforcement agencies are able to share crime details in near real-time and members of the site can log in to keep up with the latest happenings nearby. Members can also receive email alerts when local crime incidents are posted to this site.

At present, law enforcement personnel in eighteen states (including DC) are participating, with not every jurisdiction covered. Clearly, this is a new program, one that will catch on over the ensuing years. Speaking of Washington, DC, Kevin Morison, who is the Director of Corporate Communications, Metropolitan Police has been quoted as saying the following about this service: has been an invaluable tool for the Metropolitan Police Department to get useful information out to the community in a timely and efficient manner. Our whole philosophy of community policing is predicated on the easy and open exchange of information between police and community. helps to make that happen.

Working With What You Have

Getting to know your neighbors is still the best way to thwart crime, but with the help of one website and the participation of your local law enforcement community, the internet can be a useful tool to keep you informed.

You can protect your home from criminals by incorporating certain security measures such as adding deadbolts, security lighting, and removing overgrown shrubs adjacent to your house. Please visit to get free internet tools to protect your home.


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Matthew C. Keegan

Matt Keegan is a freelance writer and editor as well as publisher of "Matt's Musings", his personal blog. Matt covers campus, consumer, business and financial topics on various websites and blogs, and has been published in the "Houston Chronicle", "Sam's Club Magazine" and "Wisconsin Golfer".