Redmond launches crime-mapping feature on website, adds another layer of crime awareness for citizens

The City of Redmond has launched a new crime-mapping feature on its website to allow users to see where and when police activity has occurred.

  • BY Wire Service
  • Tuesday, May 10, 2011 12:26pm
  • News

The City of Redmond has launched a new crime-mapping feature on its website to allow users to see where and when police activity has occurred.

Users can search for specific types of crimes, along with when and where they occurred.

“We believe this service allows our community to be more aware and involved in crime prevention efforts,” said Redmond Police Chief Ron Gibson. “Many arrests are the result of citizen witnesses who are aware of suspicious activity in their neighborhood and report it immediately.”

Information on the map is generated from filed police reports and only for specific categories of crimes. In order to protect the rights and safety of victims, crimes such as sexual assault and domestic violence are not mapped.

Examples of potential police activity when no report is filed include follow-up with witnesses at their home, contacting residents to relay emergency messages, and follow-up with a victim of an incident that occurred at another location.

“While we want to be transparent to the types of crime we respond to and we want citizens to be more aware, it’s important to remember that Redmond is a safe city and the number of major crimes is not alarming,” Gibson said. “The safety of the city is due in large part to the community reporting suspicious activity and crimes as they occur. This tool will add another layer of awareness.”

To view the map, visit www.redmond.gov/CrimeMap.


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