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New website maps crimes in the city
Crime map

      Statesboro residents can now check on crime in the city with the click of a mouse.
      A partnership between the City of Statesboro and CrimeReports.com makes it easy to learn about area robberies, traffic accidents and other crimes and incidents, said Statesboro Public Safety Director Wendell Turner.
      Crime information and other reported incidents already are collected and managed by records management software the city purchased from Mobile Data Systems( MDS), he said. A partnership between MDS and CrimeReports.com makes it simple for citizens to access the information online.
      Citizens also can submit tips on crimes, which will help police solve more crimes in a shorter amount of time, he said. The program offers online tip submission or submission by text - and it is completely anonymous, he said.
      The crime information can be accessed through the city's website, www.statesboroga.net, or www.CrimeReports.com. By keying in a city name, users can access reports for any participating city.
      The map shows icons for various crimes, as well as for the addresses of registered sex offenders.
      "Partnering with CrimeReports gives us the ability to keep the public informed on a regular basis as to what is going on in the community," Turner said.
      The crime map is available 24 hours a day and can also be reached through a free iPhone application.
      Users can also sign up for free customizable email alerts.
      Using a cell phone, citizens can send a text to TIPSSPD, followed by the message, to 274637, he said.
      The program is free to the public and funded through seized funds and money collected through traffic citations, Turner said.
      He is especially excited about the tips process. Citizens can read about local crimes online through the website, and if they realize they know something about a specific crime that may be of use to police, all it takes is an online or text message submission.
       The service was built specifically to "allow informants to remain anonymous by encrypting the text messages and routing them through several secure servers, protecting the personal details of the informant," he said.
      If providing a tip is urgent, he said people should still dial 911. However, if the matter is not urgent, the public can easily utilize the new system that allows for minute detail, photographs and more.
      It is easy to snap a candid shot of a suspicious vehicle's tag, or the occupants, and send the photo and information to the system, he said.
      The tips go through the server and end up being sent directly to Statesboro Police Capt. Scott Brunson, who is over the Criminal Investigations Division, he said.
      Users can also create a custom neighborhood watch feature that gives them instant information about specific areas such as their own neighborhood, he said.
      The City of Statesboro tested the program for 60 days before going live with it, he said.

      Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at (912) 489-9414.

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