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Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Milton Police Dept. launches online crime updates

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contact:
Capt. Shawn McCarty
shawn.mccarty@cityofmiltonga.us
(678) 242-2570 (Office)

MILTON, GA., Feb. 3, 2010 - The Milton Police Department has partnered with CrimeReports.com to bring online crime data and mapping to its citizens. The web-based software went live today and is available at the city's Web site, www.cityofmiltonga.us, 24 hours a day.

This service is free to the public and allows citizens to view data online and receive alerts about activity near their work, home or school. Here's how it works: Go to www.cityofmiltonga.us and click on the "Crime Reports" map in the "In the Spotlight" section or on the link to the top left of the home and all police department pages. Type in an address to pull up a map of the city. The system will then populate the map with crimes or police activity that has occurred in the selected time frame. The user can then click on the legend to get a brief description of the listed activity. Information included:


** Incident type
** Date
** Incident ID Number
** Location
** Distance from citizen's address

"I am pleased to be able to quickly get crime information out to the citizens of Milton through CrimeReports.com," said Milton Police Chief Deborah Harrell. Harrell said in addition to keeping citizens informed, CrimeReports.com allows the police department to analyze incident data - meaning more effective crime fighting and more efficient response to the needs of the community.

Plus, said Harrell, the ease of use can't be beat. "The system allows citizens to set alerts if they wish to be notified of all or certain offenses occurring in Milton," she said. "It even has an iPhone application and uses a pin-map to identify registered sex offenders. I hope the citizens of Milton find this tool informative and are as excited to use it as I am to provide it."

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