A new crime mapping tool, which is available to anyone online, will help authorities identify patterns in crime.
"We believe this will be a very useful tool not only for the residents of Cartersville, but also for those looking to move to or do business within the city," Chief Tommy Culpepper said in a statement. "We hope this proves to be a valuable resource for our community.
"But in addition to helping the community, it also allows our officers to see where patterns of crime are occurring and develop and implement strategies to reduce the number of those crimes."
Residents with access to the Internet can see a map of recent crime activity near an address, such as their homes, places of business, or children’s schools. Users can select crime types and date ranges, generate reports and receive email updates in the form of crime alerts, and turn crime types on and off, depending on interest. Reported criminal activity also can be queried by date, as a rolling 90 days of information is available, according to the news release.
Users also can click on one of the pinned icons and see what type of crime was committed. The types of crimes mapped include robbery, burglary, homicide, assault, DUI, drug and alcohol violations, and more.
hen a user clicks on a crime icon, a pop-up block will tell the general location of the crime such as the 300 block of Main Street, the case number of the report, the date and time of the crime, and a short description of the Georgia law code that was violated.