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It's crime information at your fingertips. The Jonesboro Police Department is enhancing its website. It's equipped with features that include maps showing where crimes are happening, and sex offender searches.
"It gives the average resident or citizen or business owner a snapshot of what is transpiring in their community,"said Jonesboro Police Chief, Mike Yates.
It's access to information Yates says he hopes will make neighborhoods across the city safer. He hopes by keeping citizens informed they will call police if they spot something suspicious.
"It changes your perspective when you know what transpires where you live," said Yates.
Users can find out what's going on where they live by just typing in their address. A key shows the type of crimes and icons show where they're happening.
"It's going to help us in this 20 year plan," said Jonesboro Mayor, Harold Perrin.
Perrin says the city will be able to use this as a tool too. Pinpointing trouble spots in the city, finding ways to clean them up, and move them forward.
"If we see that then we know the areas we need to be looking at for growth, for economic development," said Perrin.
Chief Yates says this tool can help make people more aware of what's going on in their neighborhood--and get people talking to each other and police.
"I think the results will be that we'll get calls now about things that we might not have been called about previously because of that public awareness," said Yates.
City officials say this program didn't cost the city a dime. It was paid for through seized asset forfeiture---for example money from people who committed drug crimes. The website will be automatically updated hourly.