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Daily ‘crime map’ updates available

Police offering service for free

It won’t tell “whodunit” but it can tell you “wheredunit.”

And it’s free.

The Rockdale Police Department has partnered with LexisNexis Risk Solutions to provide an online map showing the locations of most crimes within the city limits.

“It will be updated in the middle of every morning, so it will constantly change,” Lt. J. D. Newlin told The Reporter.

It’s easy to access. You can go to www.communitycrimemap.com or use links provided at The Reporter website or by the City of Rockdale.

ZIP CODE—Once you’re in, you will be presented with a map of the United States, but don’t panic.

Just type 76567 in the address bar at left and up springs a map of Rockdale with symbols representing offense reports.

Using the drop-down menus in the guide at left, you’ll be able to further refine the information you want to see.

Users can view the entire city or just a neighborhood, using the tools provided.

There are many other parameters and choices possible. As with most on-line offerings, users can simply “play around” with the settings to discover more dimensions.

NO NAMES—What will you see when you click on one of the many different types of icons, depicting different offenses?

What you won’t see is names of persons charged with crimes. This information is based on offense reports, not arrest reports or jail logs. (The Reporter runs a weekly jail log.)

You will see type of crime, date, time and approximate location. Only the first number of the block in which offense occurred is given.

You also won’t see sex offenders. That’s because the Department of Public Safety keeps a separate, free sex offender registry online.

Obviously, the locations of sex assaults aren’t posted, either, to protect the privacy of victims.

And you might not see information on offenses police don’t choose to post.

“There are circumstances in which listing even an approximate location, or other information, might jeopardize an ongoing investigation,” Newlin said.

Visitors to the site can also sign up to receive free crime alerts from the system.


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