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Do you want to know what crimes are taking place in your neighborhood? Now all you need is your computer. The Toledo Police Department has a new crime mapping system available online. The system is designed to help keep people informed on crime in their neighborhoods.

Getting the scoop on crimes in your neighborhood just got a little easier. TPD launched the new system this week. The website allows citizens to be able to report a crime and know what's happening in their neighborhood.

We caught up with Curtis Osmun as he worked in Mano's community garden. He plans to sign up for the alerts.   
 
"It will allow the police to be more responsive to and in better communication with the neighborhood and the people will feel like the police are listening to them better. I really think that's a good idea," said Curtis Osmun who lives in Toledo.  
     
Here's how it works: Click on the link for the crime map, put in your address, select a time frame you want to see and the type of crimes
 
"There's a little red circle on the map. Click that, and it will bring up a little plus sign and target area," says Captain Michael Troendle from TPD. "It will let you see a half mile around that point, the crimes in that neighborhood."

 You can also put in your email address or phone number to receive alerts.

"Anytime there's a crime in that area it will send out an email to you to let you know what's happening in that targeted area that you selected

"If you click on the icon you see the description of the offense when it happened, the RB number, the time and the actual location. It will give you an option in the bottom of that pop up to let you submit a web tip," said Captain Troendle.  

Officers can only see the tip. The page is updated three times a day. Osmun says it's also a great tool to use if you're making real estate decisions.        

"Its good its improving and using technology to every body's benefit."
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