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Greenville Police Launch Tool to Track Crime in Your Neighborhood

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Greenville police launched a new tool on Wednesday to track crime in your neighborhood. Greenville police launched a new tool on Wednesday to track crime in your neighborhood.
GREENVILLE, S.C. -

It's a new tool to keep you and your family safe.

The Greenville Police department launched a new crime mapping website on Wednesday you can use to track burglaries and car break-ins in your neighborhood.

Instead of taking days to get that information, it's right at your fingertips in minutes.

“It allows anyone that wants to know what's going on in their area to be able to do it at the click of a button," said Greenville Police Lieutenant Joe Browning.

Phyllis Gilreath may have 17 cats, but for the North Main community in Greenville, she's a neighborhood watchdog.

“We get our residents and members to send us information whenever they have a break-in or they know of suspicious activity in the neighborhood, so that we can alert their neighbors and our members. ‘OK, here's an area that you need to keep an eye out because we've had a couple of break-ins here,’” said Gilreath.

Now she has a new tool to keep track of the home and car break-ins that have her neighbors worried.

Check out the link here.

You can search what kinds of crimes you want to know about and where they happened.

"If you know an address that you're interested in, you can load the address in and you can pick out any of the information that's contained on the website," said Browning.

The site also breaks down crime trends, like what time of day a burglary is most likely to happen in your neighborhood.

It's information Gilreath said would make looking out for her neighbors a lot easier.

“If there was some kind of mapping device that we could access, especially that I could maybe access on a daily basis, where I could find out things in a really timely fashion and then get it out to the membership, that's what -- we'd love to have something like that. It would be very helpful," said Gilreath.

The map is at no cost to taxpayers. It's free for the police and the public to use.

Greenville Police isn't the only department using a crime mapping website to connect people with crime data.

Both the Laurens County Sheriff's Department and Spartanburg Public Safety have online crime maps too.

The Greenville County Sheriff's Department is in the process of switching to the same company as the Greenville Police.

Spartanburg County is making changes to its crime mapping website.

Plans are in the works for one in Pickens County.

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