The Troy Police Department has a new weapon in their fight against crime and they're sharing it with the public. Our Megan Cruz shows us how a new website aims to keep the Collar City safe.
TROY, N.Y. -- It's called Raids Online. It's a website that maps all the different crimes committed in an area. The Troy Police Department says it'll help them hone their efforts to keep the city and its residents safe.
"A tool that will allow us to look for any patterns or trends," said Troy Police Captain john Cooney. "And direct our patrols."
It's a service that's free of charge to taxpayers and the department. Other law enforcement agencies use similar programs, but Troy is one of the few that's opened up this data to the public.
"I think that's great. Absolutely phenomenal," said Matt Bell, manager of Mavis Tire.
Bell is the store manager at Mavis Tire. He says he'll definitely log on to have a look at the crime by his store.
"Would definitely give me a sense of ease," Bell said.
"That way, you know what you're surroundings are and you can make informed decisions," said Patricia Downs, a Troy resident.
Downs lives by herself in the city. She says she's excited for the email alerts.
Cooney said, "All the information in the world that they need to find out if there could be a problem, that may just cause extra vigilance on their part."
All features that these old crime maps lacked. This is what Troy PD used to hand out, the maps updated once a month. The website, on the other hand, uploads each crime within three days. Captain Cooney thinks the public will approve.
"The transparency here is unquestionable," Cooney said.
To check it out, head to www.raidsonline.com.