OWASSO, Okla. - There is a new tool to track crime in your community.
Owasso Police Department has been working on new crime mapping software for months.
It's called crimereports.com .
You'll see it if you visit owassopolice.com.
Owasso Police Chief Scott Chambless showed us how it works.
"The red triangles are registered sex offenders in our community. The citizen can click on that icon, and get a picture of the individual and some basic information about where they're at," Chambless said.
You can track sex offenders, homicides, robberies, assaults, property crimes, and more.
You click the drop-down menu to highlight which crimes you want to see, and you can set the time frame.
There is a version for the public, and another, more detailed, version for officers.
"It gives them a lot of analytical data, that they can go in and do some research and determine exactly where the problems are, and what types of problems are happening," Chambless said.
Chief Chambless says he knew the software would help officers, but there was a little hesitation about implementing it.
"Our concern was, we didn’t want to establish a fear of crime," said Chambless.
In the end, they decided an informed community is a safer community.
"This gives the citizens in the neighborhoods the knowledge to be proactive, in trying to prevent a crime in their neighborhood," said Chambless.
We asked Chambless if Owasso is still safe, in light of the four shootings so far this year, and a recent explosion inside a house.
"Absolutely, the incidents that happened over several months made us aware that one of the issues that we do have in our community, that we need to deal with, that all of these crimes were associated with, was drug and alcohol abuse," Chambless said.
He tells FOX23 they are looking into putting together a task force, to address the drug and alcohol problem in Owasso, and the $2,000 for this new software was budgeted months before the spike in violent crime earlier this year.
Chambless says you can set alerts to find out when certain crimes happen, or when crimes happen in your neighborhood.
The website is updated twice daily, so if you see police cars on your street and wonder what is going on, the information might not show up for a few hours.
Chambless says Owasso police will be able to do more proactive community policing now.
The police department will evaluate this new software, and is considering purchasing additional software, that will be able to predict crime trends.