The Taylor Police Department has added yet one more tool for residents to stay on top of crime and other occurrences in their neighborhoods. Web-based "Crimemapping.com" is an up-to-date internet tool using crime reports provided by the Taylor Police Department to craft maps, charts and trend reports based on date. Crime mapping is one tool used by crime & data analysis officers to alert them of crime patterns or trends in their jurisdictions. The "randomness" of crimes and/or criminal behavior, makes it difficult to track, detect or predict exact patterns in most incidents.
Arming You With Awareness
Having knowledge of the crimes and patterns of crimes in your neighborhoods not only provides you with factual data, but arms you with the knowledge and awareness of how to better protect yourselves. So often you are only made aware of crimes by what you read in the newspaper, see on the news, or from the gossip you hear in and around your neighborhoods. More often than not, this information has been filtered or altered by the time it gets to you.
Knowledge is Power
Viewing crime data as it happens will allow you to see what is going on when it is going on around you. Knowledge is power, and arming our residents with the power to help protect yourselves is a win-win situation for everyone involved. A knowledgeable, more aware resident, is a key asset and partner for all law enforcement officials.
Timeliness of information is always an issue involved with fighting crime. Too often, we become aware of crime only after the victim discovers the crime and reports it to the police. Our goal is to alert the public so they may take the necessary steps to prevent being victimized. One example of this may be, making you aware of home invasions in your neighborhood may remind you to lock your doors and windows and turn on indoor lighting to avoid becoming victimized.
Each map will have a legend detailing the types of crimes included on the map; it will also show the range of dates selected for the crime data. Dates and times for each specific crime (s) will be added either to the map as a visible layer, or on a separate spreadsheet. Too much information on a large site map can overcrowd the map and distort the information. Residential parcels, buildings, addresses, and smaller residential streets are also shut off for this purpose. You may however, be able to view these features on a smaller map with larger zoom capabilities if deemed necessary.