With a few strokes on the keyboard and a click of a mouse, residents in Dublin can now learn about crime in their neighborhoods.
The city's Police Department has joined forces with crimereports.com, a Utah-based Web site that displays reports and calls for service by block number and the type of call.
Dublin police Lt. Glenn Moon said his department is excited about the site because now residents who want to know what goes on in their neighborhoods can find out at their convenience. Users may also request e-mail alerts to be sent to them when an incident is reported near their home or nearby schools.
"We hope people use it," Moon said.
Moon said it costs the department $99 a month to subscribe to the service.
The site displays on a Google map all recent activity reported to the department. The site labels the incident and includes such crimes as assault, homicide, breaking and entering, theft and thefts from vehicles, and includes the time and date of the report. Each reported incident shows up as a color-coded marker on the map.
Dublin's information is uploaded at midnight every night, Moon said.
The Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office — and its contract cities of Danville, Lafayette, Orinda and Oakley — joined the Web site in June, and the agency is happy with the partnership.
"It gives the public the information they need," said Jimmy Lee, the department's spokesman.
Other Bay Area agencies using the site include San Leandro, Tracy, Burlingame and San Jose. More than 400 law enforcement agencies across the country subscribe to the service, according to the Web site.
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