Cottonwood police activity now on line
COTTONWOOD - The Cottonwood Police Department now has its criminal activity available online. The program CrimeReports.com allows citizens to see where crime occurs in the city and what type it is.
Chief Jody Fanning told the City Council Tuesday that it protects victims privacy. The information does not identify a victim, their name, address or telephone number, but only the street block number where the crime occurred.
Citizens may contact the police department with the listed report number to explore crime report details on the offense.
The chief says the Chamber of Commerce and realtors and MLS can also use the information proactively to show the degree of crime, or the lack of it, in a town or neighborhood.
A viewer may select a time frame ranging from 3-30 days. The report will also identify sex offenders in a neighborhood.
An analytics section allows a viewer to assess the number of thefts in an area, for example, or compare the cumulative data with towns of a similar size or location.
Fanning says the company, which hosts the information, downloads the updated data every morning. The site only shows information of the communities that subscribe for the service.
The site is available on line at no charge to citizens at CrimeReports.com. Simply enter the location using the name or zip code to see local details.