By Danny restivo
Township police have introduced a new interactive weapon in their fight against crime.
The tool is called CRIMEDAR, and it allows police, as well as residents, to track crime patterns in their neighborhoods, said Chief Richard J. Tisone. By accessing www.crimedar.com/libertytownship-ohio, residents can see the date, time, location and description of a particular incident, he said.
“We’re trying to keep residents aware of what is going on in their neighborhood,” said Tisone. “That way, the community, as well as police, can anticipate certain crime patterns.”
According to the CRIMEDAR website, the interactive program can help decrease crime by creating a partnership between the community and the police.
Through a Google map, both groups can see where certain crimes and incidents are concentrated within the township.
The map also allows users to focus in on a location with satellite imaging.
“From a police perspective, we can see who, what, where and when,” he said. “It also lets us know where the bulk of crime is concentrated.”
The technology is a far cry from placing variously colored pins on maps as a method of tracking crime, he said. CRIMEDAR uses different icons that detail various crimes. With one click, anybody with Internet access can see a brief report of an incident.
He said each morning a patrolman enters the previous day’s reports into the system, before the information is available to the public.
Tisone said the Department had shopped around for other programs that tracked crimes, but CRIMEDAR’s was most appealing because of its cost.
Currently, the department is using the program for free. After their trial expires, the township will pay a $365 yearly usage fee.
“Based on the amount of money, its been useful and easy,” said Tisone.
Liberty and Brimfield townships are the only police departments currently using the CRIMEDAR program in Ohio.