There is a suburb out where I live called Cypress. Recently, when I asked a colleague, “have you heard what is going on in Cyprus,” another colleague assumed I was talking about the uptick in crime in the surrounding area. After clarifying what I meant and discussing the situation in Cyprus, the conversation moved back to the area and the recent crimes that everyone was hearing about, emailing about, sharing, etc…
For many reasons, economic, people moving into the area, we have noticed more aggressive crime. However, we aren’t hearing too much about it in any real “hard news” sense. Again, news makes the rounds quickly around here.
As I started to think about it, I remembered hearing that there were online websites/resources that could provide crime statistics for your area. After doing a quick search, I found www.crimereports.com.
This is a pretty awesome map type website. You simply type in your address or even zip code and it will bring up reported crimes in the area. I was shocked at how many registered sex offenders were in the area! But it will also show all other type of crimes: assaults, break-in’s, robbery, etc… You click on a specific marker on the map and it will give you details of the crime.
You can do advanced searches too. You can break down a search by a time frame, or the last 3,7, 14, 30 days and you can even select which crimes you are searching for. Another cool feature is that you can create alerts that are sent to you. They even have an app for the Iphone – https://www.crimereports.com/footer/iphone_app
In our ever changing world, this website might become a valuable resource to show you where the hot spots of crime are in your area and even when these crimes are being committed.
If you have a valuable crime related resource/website, please share it in the comments.
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