BERN TWP., Pa. - Ever wonder how safe your neighborhood really is? The answer is now just a click away.
A new crime mapping website, CrimeMapping.com, has provided people across the country with information about crime activity in their neighborhoods.
Now, 37 police departments in Berks County have their crime activity reports listed on the website. Crime reports for Womelsdorf and Colebrookdale Township are not yet listed.
The website has partnered with CODY Systems, a company based in Pottstown, Montgomery Co., said Brian Ferry, director of client services for CODY.
The website charts crimes like burglaries, homicides, assaults, DUIs and vandalism within a two-mile radius of the address you type into the search engine.
Web users can also put in specific date ranges to see the number of crime-related incidents that took place near that location.
"What our technology allows the officer to do is enter the data about the crime into their system. That data is then replicated to the secure server in the DA's office. It can then be shared with every police department across the country," said Ferry.
The Berks County district attorney's office drug forfeiture fund has made access to the website free for web users in the county. It costs $12,000 a year to run, according to District Attorney John Adams.
The website, Adams said, is designed to help make residents more aware of any suspicious activity. In turn, Adams said he hopes it helps police find criminals.
"They can't be where a crime is taking place when it takes place. We can't solve the crime problems in our county without the involvement of all of us," said Adams.
The end goal, Adams said, is a smart crime-fighting strategy that benefits all.
"We need them to become involved in making our community safer," said Adams.
Anyone with information about unsolved crimes in Berks County can call Crime Alert Berks County toll-free at 877-373-9913. The group offers cash rewards of up to $5,000 for an anonymous tip that leads to an arrest.
Police departments in South Whitehall Township, Bethlehem and Phillipsburg, N.J., are also taking part in the crime mapping program.
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