Program leverages 'crowd-sourced' information, including camera registration to reduce, prevent and solve crime
SALT LAKE CITY, Oct. 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- CrimeReports.com, the leading provider of online crime mapping, anonymous tipping and crime analytics tools, today announced the launch of a complete suite of community collaboration and crime fighting tools in collaboration with the San Jose Police Department and Logitech (SWX: LOGN) (NASDAQ: LOGI).
The newest release from CrimeReports.com is an online social utility called Neighborhood Central that facilitates a secure dialogue between citizens, community groups, businesses and law enforcement about local crime activity and community policing. The service creates opportunities for users to take an active role in protecting themselves and their communities, allowing them to easily create map-based neighborhood groups online, and then collaborate with neighbors and leverage existing social networks to contribute and share localized, community safety-related information.
Among the new features is the ability for community members to register privately owned, public property-facing security cameras. Registration preserves the unilateral ability of citizens to own and control the cameras while providing the SJPD with information about whom they may contact for valuable recordings. Participating residents can choose to register their Logitech Alert digital video security system at CrimeReports.com, giving community members and law enforcement access to another essential piece of crime-fighting information. CrimeReports.com supports the registration of Logitech Alert systems anywhere in the U.S. and is working to roll out similar programs with law enforcement agencies across the country.
"We are excited to be the first law enforcement agency to support this new technology, which allows community members to participate in proactive public safety at whatever level they choose," said Rob Davis, Chief of Police, San Jose, California. "Vigilant community members are one of our most important and effective allies in preventing and fighting crime. By applying innovative technology from CrimeReports.com and Logitech, San Jose's residents will be able to work with law enforcement officers and with one another to share information in the on-line and social spaces they already use each day."
"These advances to the CrimeReports.com platform enable communities to forge partnerships with governments and private companies to solve problems in new and innovative ways. We are fortunate to be working closely with the San Jose Police Department and Logitech to maximize input from the public to prevent and solve crime," said Greg Whisenant, founder and CEO of CrimeReports.com. "We continue to enhance and optimize the Neighborhood Central platform to best serve law enforcement and the public, and we encourage residents to visit the site, check out their neighborhood and participate - the more involvement we have on the site, the better equipped law enforcement is and the safer our communities will be."
"We're thrilled to collaborate with CrimeReports and the City of San Jose to bring residents the tools that can help them keep their community safe," said Eric Kintz, vice president and general manager of Logitech's video business. "By enabling residents to easily share potentially critical video captured with Logitech Alert digital video security cameras, we're looking forward to helping law enforcement and private citizens band together to fight crime."
Partnering with over 1,600 law enforcement agencies, CrimeReports is the #1 crime map and anonymous tip network in North America. It offers the largest and most accurate resource for timely, street-level crime and sex offender information on the web. The CrimeReports network offers a family of affordable, easy-to-use software tools created to help law enforcement agencies understand crime trends, share up-to-date information with the public, and receive actionable intelligence from the community. Empowering them to make informed decisions and help improve community safety, citizens can access the integrated crime map, create or join neighborhood groups and collaborate with other citizens and local law enforcement free at www.CrimeReports.com. CrimeReports services are offered by Public Engines, Inc. For more information, visit www.CrimeReports.com