KEPR Action News reports that businesses in Richland Washington appreciate Police having developed a crime map for the city.
This app stores crimes and the location they were alleged to have taken place for up to 180 days. Retailers and other businesses have welcomed this tool which allows them to be alert for clusters of crime that frequently occur in close proximity to each other.
This service can help people be alert for criminals planning to commit crimes and warn each other when they are occuring.
Some people don’t like this type of app, particularly because it can make an area look bad, especially if people are looking at buying or renting in an area. Personally I would like to know that information in advance.
If I lived there, this would be an opportunity to be more vigilant and make the area less attractive for criminals who also want to minimise the risk of being caught. That is if they have a little intelligence which has not been damaged by use of drugs.
I’d be pretty pleased if this was my community.