PWC Police: Police Department Debuts CrimeReports.com

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Provided by Prince William County Police

The Prince William Police Department officially debuts its partnership with CrimeReports.com for our residents and business owners to explore crime in and around their neighborhood/area. This site will allow community members to search for crime in their neighborhoods, create incident alerts, and register any camera on their property to assist law enforcement in solving crime. The Police Department is proud to offer this service to residents as a means to continue our commitment to being open and transparent regarding the incidents that are reported to police and offer a tool to increase public confidence. By raising awareness of crimes in our community, we are not only working together to make Prince William County safer, we are arming our public with ways to protect themselves and their property.

“We want to continue to engage with our community by being as transparent as possible with what is
occurring in our County,” said Barry M. Barnard, Chief of the Prince William County Police Department. “It’s
imperative for residents and business owners be knowledgeable of crime in our community and, more
importantly, their specific neighborhood so they can make informed decisions regarding their personal
safety. This new tool will help with that. We are pleased to offer this information to everyone living and
working in Prince William County or looking to make our community their new home.”

How to Use

Residents and business owners who visit the site can search by typing in an address in the search bar.
Once the map displays, users can select which incidents to show and when, including a date range and/or
day of the week. The information that will display includes general location (usually the hundred block),
incident type, date and time, and the case number. Although, more specific information about listed
crimes will not be displayed through the site, community members who have concerns about a particular
incident can contact the Public Information Office at 703-792-5123 with the case number for reference.
Specific victim information is never released to the public and certain incidents may not be displayed if
the disclosure has the potential to jeopardize an active or ongoing investigation. The user also has the
ability to include Sex Offender Registry information. In order to create an “incident alert,” users will need
to sign up through the site and follow the online instructions.

Data displayed on the map is uploaded daily from the Police Department’s Record Management or
Computer-Aided Dispatch systems (RMS/CAD). It is important to note that, since investigations are active
and ongoing, incidents types may change over time. Data uploaded to the site for incidents is available
for the most recent six months.

An important feature of the site is the ability to register your camera. This is completely voluntary and is a
decision made by the user. By providing the Police Department with the location of your camera, you can
help us solve and deter crime quicker and potentially catch criminals faster.

To learn more about crime mapping offered in Prince William County, please visit crimereports.com.

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