New Interactive Crime Map For Nashville Residents - NewsChannel5.com | Nashville News, Weather & Sports

New Interactive Crime Map For Nashville Residents

Posted:

by Mark Bellinger

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - There's a new tool Nashville residents can use to track crime in their neighborhood.

Metro Police have started a new mapping system that tells you which crimes have been committed and where. The information updates every morning.

Don Johnson runs the Oak Highland-Deerfield neighborhood watch program in Antioch. He and his friends even take turns patrolling the streets.

"In this day in age a watch group is vital," said Johnson.

They've discovered sharing information is critical to keep a neighborhood free of crime, and they're getting pretty good at it.

"But now it's gotten to the point if a mouse scurries across the street some place I get a half dozen e-mails," said Johnson.

They can see crimes reported to police committed within a two mile radius of their homes.

Metro Police Crime Analyst Matt Morley showed us the system.

"You know we want to let them know what is happening in their neighborhoods and we want them to let us know what's happening in their neighborhoods," said Morley.

There are sixteen icons on the map. Each one represents a different crime. For example, a fist is an assault and a money symbol is a theft or larceny. Click on the icon and you get an incident number and a location. You can also receive crime alerts through e-mail.

Johnson and his friends are now getting e-mails from Metro Police as part of the city's new crime mapping system.

"You pay a lot of lip service to the crime rates and what have you, but when you can actually see it. I mean this gives you a really good visual of what's going on," Johnson said.

"That's easily the best feature of this product," added Morley.

If a crime happens within two miles of your house, you're notified through e-mail. It's just one more tool Johnson and his neighbors can use to keep their community safe.

"I think because what a lot of it really comes down to is neighbors looking out for neighbors," said Johnson.

The crime mapping system is paid for through a federal grant that is good for two years.

If you'd like more information about the new crime mapping web site visit http://www.crimemapping.com/map/tn/nashville/.

Email: mbellinger@newschannel5.com

Powered by WorldNow
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 NewsChannel 5 (WTVF-TV) and WorldNow. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.