HAMILTON COUNTY, Ind. – Hamilton County residents can track crime in their neighborhood with a new tool.
The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office unveiled a partnership with CrimeReports.com, a website that provides interactive mapping of police runs.
Hamilton County Sheriff Mark Bowen said the county has provided calls for service on its own website for years but hopes Crime Reports will offer a more interactive way for residents to look at the information.
“Using the filter feature, viewers can narrow down a search or broaden it to include multiple agencies, ranges of dates, and incident types across the county,” Bowen said. “This is just one more way we can keep our citizens aware and informed of incidents and trends that may affect their lives.”
The website gathers information from the Hamilton County Public Safety Communications Center and plots the data on a map of Hamilton County. With a click or tap, residents can see general information about the incidents; addresses are given as blocks instead of specific home addresses to protect privacy.
The site is free to use and includes information from the following departments:
- Arcadia Police Department
- Carmel Police Department
- Cicero Police Department
- Fishers Police Department
- Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office
- Noblesville Police Department
- Sheridan Police Department
- Westfield Police Department
Users can also create alerts to monitor activities in specific areas and find information about people on the Sex and Violent Offender Registry.
Bowen said he hopes the service will help residents become more aware of what’s happening around them. It also provides deputies and detectives with easy access to crime reports in order to track trends.
Longtime resident Adrienne Maynard said she's very excited about the new tool.
"I definitely want to help keep my neighborhood safe," she said. "There are lots of kids in the neighborhood. Being informed is the way to go for sure then we can all work together as a team."