- Associated Press - Friday, February 5, 2016

HOUSTON (AP) - Houston police are using online technology to make it easier for concerned citizens to track reported crimes in their neighborhoods.

The Houston Police Department on Friday announced two new crime mapping tools that will be available on its website.

Capt. Wyatt Martin says Houston police want to be transparent and get the information out as soon as possible.

Third-party vendors are helping police update crime data every 30 minutes in a more user-friendly format.

Updated maps are provided by CrimeReports.com and RaidsOnline.com. Citizens can get crime alerts via email and also submit anonymous tips to Crime Stoppers.

A police statement says a second map has multiple graphing and analytical tools provided by BAIR Analytics.




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