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June 18, 2012 at 7:16 PM

Bellevue Police Department launches new crime map

Courtesy of the Bellevue Police Department

Bellevue residents can now view recent crime activity using an interactive crime map the Bellevue Police Department launched on its  website last week.

Developed using CrimeMapping.com, users can type in their address and view 15 categories of crime such as motor vehicle theft, arson and assault during particular time periods. Users can also generate their own reports, sign up for e-mail updates and get free crime alerts through the website.

“We are one of only a few in the state to launch this interactive mapping service and look forward to its successful use by our citizens,” said Mike Johnson, the department’s investigations major.

The old incident map on the police department website was popular but outdated, according to Officer Carla Iafrate, a department spokeswoman.

Crimemapping.com has been proven effective in reducing crime in other local communities by increasing the number of eyes and ears that are aware of local activity, according to a department news release.

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