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Rapids police get new crimefighting tool


WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. (WSAU) – Wisconsin Rapids residents can now track the latest crime activity right on their computer.

The city's police department has joined Crime Reports, a national company that gathers crime data and posts it in an interactive mapping format online.

Other local agencies who use the program include Wood County CrimeStoppers, Marathon County CrimeStoppers and the Wausau police department.

Wisconsin Rapids police Chief Kurt Heuer says Crime Reports lets residents map out where crime might be happening in their neighborhood. He says it's also a useful tool for prospective residents who want to move into the city. And he says police use the software to check for crime trends and shift police into parts of the city where they're more needed.

The program allows users to personalize the information. Users can also receive e-mail alerts on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis regarding crime trends that they want to follow.

On the Web: Crime Reports