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Crime mapping

By Sgt. Mark Ormsby

HAYWARD, Calif. -- Hayward Police Department unveiled its new crime mapping program on September 12, 2012. This initiative will help reduce crime and enhance community policing. enables residents and business owners to analyze interactive maps and reports of recent criminal activity. The website allows users to search specified areas within the City by date, location and type of crime. They can also generate, print and electronically share the maps and reports. The program raises the community’s awareness of criminal activity in their neighborhoods and in the vicinity of businesses where they work or shop.

“In late January 2012, Hayward Police Department implemented a new records management system which has enabled our organization to take the next step in community policing and put the power to view crime, almost in real-time, in the hands of our community. This has been planned, developed and tested for some time; we needed to ensure the accurate capture of statistics. We are pleased and excited to leverage technology to ultimately increase public safety by empowering our residents,” said Hayward Police Chief Diane Urban.

Community members can register online to receive free, daily updates via e-mail informing them that a new crime has been committed in a specified location. A user can register multiple times to receive up-to-date crime information for their neighborhood, place of business or their child’s school. Officers can use the program during community meetings to provide an accurate picture of criminal activity in the neighborhood.

An iPhone application is available to receive updates directly to mobile phones. An application for the Android is in development. Information on robberies, burglaries, assaults and 11 other crime-types can be found through the program. By helping to enable the community to be better-informed about criminal activity in their area, the community and police have an effective partnership to reduce crime.

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