Thursday, April 02, 2009

Duluthians can use the web to fight crime

Caption: Chief Ramsay at a crime prevention meeting in March.
Photo by Naomi Yaeger-Bischoff.

Residents who want to help the police solve crimes and improve neighborhood safety have a new tool at their disposal: The website enables visitors to sign up for e-mail alerts regarding police calls and crimes in their neighborhoods.

“You can see what type of police activity has taken place in your neighborhood and potentially help us by being more aware of what is happening in your neighborhood,” says Duluth Police Chief Gordon Ramsay, who encouraged residents to sign up for alerts at a recent community meeting. He explained that residents sometimes see criminal activity in their neighborhoods but don’t realize it. The alerts aim to jog residents’ memories, prompt them to call in with tips and make them more aware of the types of criminal activities that can go unnoticed day to day.

The police department’s goal is to get 1,000 residents to sign up at by the end of the year. As of March, 13 Duluth residents had done so.
For more information about the service, or to sign up, residents can go to or to the Duluth Police Department’s website.