Monitor crime in your neighborhood online or on cell phone.
ROSWELL, GA -- It's the latest in community policing. Citizens are able to monitor crime in their neighborhood on their cell phone or computer. More and more cities in Georgia are providing real crime states as a way to keep people safe and reduce crime.
The City of Roswell's Police Department is the latest to jump on the latest technology. Citizens of Roswell can find out instantaneously what crimes happened where they live or where they are.
A number of Georgia cities are offering citizens the ability to track crime in their community through web sites like crimereports.com. All you do is log onto the website, find your city, and put in an address. You will find out what crimes happened near that address within the past 30 days.
"It keeps people abreast of what's going on in their city and also helps us because the people are out there and they see where crime is happening, they tend to be more aware," said Roswell Police Lt. James McGee.
There is also a free iPhone application that offers the same timely ability to keep informed. The application uses the cell phones GPS to tell you what crimes happened right around where you're standing.
Roswell resident John Carney said he will use the website and phone application. "I've seen similar applications that are like that and you know that's really good information that you can have when you want to find out what's going on," he said.
Alpharetta, Dunwoody and Sandy Springs are also on Crime Alerts. Johns Creek and Milton are expected to sign up in the future. "We like to say community policing has gone high-tech now, said Lt. McGee.