Visitors to the Starke County government website now have access to information about incidents reported to the sheriff’s department. County information technology director Joe Short recently added the Crime Mapper tool to the existing Starke County GIS on the website. Visitors can click the crime button and view calls from the last seven or 30 days or can search a customized date range.
Sheriff Bill Dulin hopes sharing this information will raise awareness of the types of incidents his department deals with on a daily basis.
“We’re being transparent with the public. They will see what kind of activities are going on in their neighborhood and also what it could do is prevent future crimes,” Dulin told WKVI News.
He adds map does not share any identifying information about the people involved in the incident, nor does it provide a complete street address. He notes several types of calls are represented, including house and commercial alarms, 911 calls, medical calls, battery reports and automobile accidents
The map refreshes each morning at 6 a.m. Short says visitors also have an option to customize the information they receive by subscribing to alerts for a specified area or radius.
Visit the Starke County Crime Mapper at http://thinkopengis.starke.in.wthengineering.com/.