In the past, police departments used city maps and push pins to track local crimes. However, more police agencies are moving toward advanced technology and crime map software to get more detailed information on crimes and their locations.
No matter what the size of the police department, agencies are seeing the benefits of using crime map software. According to CBS affiliate KOTV, the Rogers County Sheriff's office in Claremore, Oklahoma, recently made a push toward new crime map technology with a grant that was given to the station from the Oklahoma Attorney General's office.
Police departments are quickly learning that technology no longer is a luxury, but instead, something absolutely critical to help reduce the crime in their area. The Rogers County Sheriff's office told KOTV that part one crimes such as rapes, robberies, assaults and arsons are on the rise in the area, and the agency wanted to fix the problem immediately.
Dave Kiger, a resident in rural Rogers County, is now familiar with the crime outbreak in the area. Kiger told the source that he was recently robbed in his home in which the burglars took a television, DVDs and two boxes of jewelry.
Kiger is not the only person in the county to fall victim to a burglary. According to the source, there were at least five other reports of robberies throughout the county in the past few weeks.
John Sappington, an undersheriff at the Rogers County Sheriff's office, explained the office very recently had to use push pins on county maps to locate where the crimes were occurring, KOTV reported. The system wasn't helping officers access or obtain more detailed information on the burglaries to help in their prevention. With the new crime map technology, however, the sheriff's department expects that to change.
Officers are able to visualize and keep track of crime data through computer software. The technology helps officers stay closer to crime trends and more up-to-date, enabling them to better protect the county's residents.
"To other agencies, it's quite common," Sappington said, according to KOTV. "It's a $15,000 expense for us. That's 15 patrol rifles or half a car. It's huge for a small department such as us."
The grant came recently after the county built a new 911 center this year, which cost $2 million to facilitate, FOX affiliate KOKI reported. The county continues to show dedication to protecting its local residents with new updated technology.