It is no secret by the arrest reports that crime is occurring all over the community. Some of these crimes are non-violent but many are not. However, the public is left to piecemeal all of the crime data that accumulates.
The city of Chattanooga and Hamilton County correspondingly should subscribe to Crimemapping.com. By subscribing and participating with this website, criminal events can be listed on a local map with the type of crime that occurs, when it occurs and where it occurs exactly.
It is my understanding that the CPD maintains a database of these parameters and publishes them daily? However, the public is not commonly aware of these statistics and it is ridiculous to presume that the public should have to Google Map a thousand different addresses per day to ascertain where crime is occurring.
Crimemapping.com allows the public to instantly see and be fully informed by zip code as to where crime is occurring, when it is occurring and what types of crime are occurring. By empowering the public this way, the public can make informed decisions as to how they can successfully negotiate these criminal events be it demanding increased police surveillance, locking their doors, checking their cameras or simply increasing their general awareness of their surroundings.
It is high time that the CPD and HCSO stop keeping the citizens in the dark about what is occurring in their neighborhoods. I just recently relocated from Davidson County that does subscribe to this website and it is a powerful tool for keeping the general public safe and informed.
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First off, let me say welcome to Chattanooga. Prior to your arrival here Mayor Berke ran on a platform of public safety and technology and how the two intertwine in order to make a safer community. The investment of technology has afforded the Chattanooga Police Department a great deal of applications that have allowed us to be more efficient in capturing crime data which has allowed us to be more transparent to the public in the process.
There are two different applications that are readily available to the public in order to see crime data in their communities. The Chattanooga Police Department has a mobile based app (available on android and IOS). The application not only has crime mapping but the availability to submit tips, and quick access to our social media platforms as well as the ability to receive important alerts.
The other is a web-based resource that is more robust and will allow the user to create custom reports tailored to their neighborhood as well as the ability to receive updates and emailed alerts. The web address can be located at www.cityinsider.chattanooga.gov
We appreciate your commitment to staying informed about your new community. I would also like to invite you to apply for our Citizens Police Academy. You can find more information about this program from Chattanooga.gov under Police section in the “Community Outreach” tab.
Sgt. Curtis Penney
Chattanooga Police Department
Neighborhood Policing Bureau