What Is CrimeMapping?
CrimeMapping is a law enforcement tool that puts crime statistics in the hands of any Broward County resident who wants to be better informed of crime in their neighborhood.
The Broward Sheriff’s Office launched this online application in July of 2014 at the insistence of Deerfield Beach Commissioner Bill Ganz. Since being elected in March 2009, Commissioner Ganz has made sharing crime information a top priority.
“When I first put together my crime alert, I did it because I felt that keeping our residents informed on crime in their neighborhood is extremely important, both from a safety standpoint and as a crime prevention strategy. Broward County Sheriffs Office team have worked hard with our staff to create an online solution that meets our needs,” Commissioner Bill Ganz said.
City administrators saw the need for more visibility in determining crime trends within their neighborhoods and reached out to BSO for the solution. Working collaboratively with BSO’s Information Technology Division, city officials helped develop the project into fruition. CrimeMapping, is a web-based interactive service that provides reliable and timely crime information. The site puts analytical information in the hands of users with an easy-to-use interface, icons depicting various types of crimes, and search capabilities within the geographical areas served by BSO. The user can also search for crimes within a given date range, going back six months from the date of the search.
Want to be alerted when a crime happens near your home, work, or school? CrimeMapping allows users to sign up for automatic crime alerts within their areas of interest. The site can also make it easier to report information on specific crimes by providing a link to the Broward Crime Stoppers website. Civic engagement and neighborhood policing at its best!
“Community involvement is invaluable in crime prevention. By making residents aware of the crimes happening in their surroundings, we’re empowering them to take an active role in helping us keep an eye on crime,” former Sheriff Scott Israel said.