MARYSVILLE – Crime in Marysville is about to become a little more transparent, and in a good way.
The Marysville Police Department and several other participating Snohomish County law enforcement agencies went live this week with CrimeMapping.com. The website enables residents to access and analyze interactive maps of recent crime activity near any address, keeping informed about crime in their area by selecting crime types and date ranges to generate their own reports.
When visiting the website, users can type in an address or city to view. A detailed street map then displays with color-coded icons indicating crimes that have occurred. Citizens can view where robberies, thefts, vehicle break-ins, public disturbances, DUIs, drug complaints and other crimes have happened.
The website updates its information in real time every 24 hours. The data can help citizens in a dozen ways, such as assisting neighborhood watch groups in identifying crime trends or helping home buyers in identifying which areas have frequent crime.
Police officers also benefit from the useful system, as the maps can help them identify which zones are hot spots for crime and where they should direct their resources.
"This is great tool for the public and police that will help us in our pro-active efforts to work together with the community to reduce crime, keep our city safe, and create more two-way flow of information with the people we serve," Cmdr. Jeff Goldman said. Goldman added that since the department established an effective Crime Analysis Unit several years ago, crime mapping and using data to forecast crime potential, trends and patterns have become invaluable crime-fighting tools to police.
In addition, CrimeMapping.com has a downloadable iPhone app, allowing citizens and users to track crime on the go. Residents can also register online to receive free updates via e-mail whenever new crime activity occurs in their area. Developed by The Omega Group, CrimeMapping.com works with law enforcement agencies to provide the public with information on what kinds of crimes are happening in their area.