LMPD urges residents to join 'virtual teams' to help fight crime

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by Brittany Gonzalez

WHAS11.com

Posted on March 6, 2013 at 12:29 AM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 6 at 12:49 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (News Release) -- Residents fed up with their neighborhoods being hit by crooks learned some new techniques based on technology to help stop crimes from happening Tuesday night.

LMPD officers are urging Block Watch teams to join “virtual team.” The idea is to spread information online so people who may work different hours or live several blocks apart can still be connected instantaneously.

“We have to look at how technology has evolved and the block watch programs and the outreach strategies need to evolve with those,” Sgt. Todd Brimm said.

Deb Vessel joined her neighborhood watch after she was a victim of several crimes in her neighborhood and says implementing technology in her block’s program has held communication flow tremendously. 

“We can keep the information flowing so if there is something suspicious going on everybody knows instantly,” Vessel said.

Police plan on introducing a new crime map in two months that will show residents more details on the crimes that are going on in  their areas o residents can pass that information on as well.
 

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