New Technology Helps Police Target Crime

A new tools help police target crime in your neighborhood.

East Lansing joins the ranks of almost 300 other communities across the nations using crimemapping.com to help recognize crime patterns.

The city plans to invest $1,200 a year in the new technology in order let people know what's happening in their communities. @

It happens all around us, burglary, arson, sex crimes.

But how do you find out where?

Lt. Carl Nowak, East Lansing Police Department: “Its something that we picked up on– probably about a year ago and we've been working on it trying to get it implemented.”

East Lansing is the latest city to pick up on crimemapping.com which showing you where all kinds of crimes are happening in your neighborhood.

and lieutenant Carl Nowak says it's quickly becoming a valuable tool.

Nowak: “It also allows the police officers to look to see if there's a certain crime pattern that's happening throughout the city.”

It's pretty easy to do, all you have to do is go to crimemapping.com and look at East Lansing. From there you can see all the crimes that have happened in the area.

According to the map, 54 crimes have happened in July alone.

Some of those 54 crimes include, 5 assaults, 5 burglaries and 10 vehicle break in's.

Things Nowak says can alert you about what to look for.

Nowak: “The real way to stop crime, I mean police officers are very important but also as a neighborhood- neighbors help each other – that really is a key component.”

A component that just got much easier, putting all the info you need right at your fingertips.

19 other cities in Michigan are already using the crime mapping technology.

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