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Renton Police Launch Online Crime Alerting and Mapping Service

For Immediate Release
 
October 27, 2009

For more information contact:

Paul Cline, Commander, Renton Police Department 425-430-7597
Preeti Shridhar, Communications Director 425-430-6569

Citizens empowered with near real-time neighborhood crime information

RENTON, WA:  Renton Police and CrimeReports.com have announced a new online crime alerting and mapping service that provides easy-to-read incident crime maps and automated alerts to the citizens of Renton.  The service, located at http://www.crimereports.com or directly from the city’s website, rentonwa.gov, provides neighborhood crime data.

The CrimeReports service is free to the public and allows citizens to receive automatic daily, weekly or monthly email alerts if and when crimes occur near their home, office, local school, etc.  Citizens can also view reported crime activity on a user-friendly map for any location within City of Renton boundaries.  Crime incident data is updated nightly and includes:  incident type, date, location, distance from citizen’s address, event identification/case number, and brief crime incident description.

“CrimeReports.com will prove particularly valuable to those in the community who want to stay informed about what is going on in their neighborhoods and will empower citizens to work with the police department to address neighborhood crime issues.” said Deputy Chief Tim Troxel.

“By participating in CrimeReports.com, the Renton Police Department is demonstrating its commitment to service and safety by making crime information available to the citizens of Renton,” said Greg Whisenant, co-founder and CEO of Public Engines, which makes the CrimeReports.com application.  “Chief Kevin Milosevich and the Renton Police staff are forward-looking, providing timely, location-specific information to the public when they need it,” he said.

The CrimeReports service is an ideal implementation of the Global Justice XML Data Model (GJXDM), the authorized data-sharing protocol developed and supported by the United States Department of Justice (USDOJ).  Using GJXDM as the underlying technology gives the application much more versatility and flexibility.  For example, if adjacent law enforcement agencies choose to integrate with the service, side-by-side data will be readily available for both alerting and analysis.  It will also allow for additional integration at the regional, state and even national level.

About CrimeReports.com

CrimeReports.com provides law enforcement agencies with an affordable and easy-to-use web-based service that lets them share up-to-date neighborhood crime data with the public.  Community members can then access this information free of charge, empowering them to make informed decisions to help improve the safety of their families, friends, property and the community at large.  For more information, please visit www.CrimeReports.com.