HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Honolulu Police Department on Thursday unveiled a new tool on its web site to help Oahu residents keep track of property crimes happening in their neighborhoods.
Type in your address and learn a lot about criminal activity in your neighborhood.
"If you flag over any of these pins and click on it, it will bring up a box that describes the crime," Asst. Chief Dave Kajihiro, Honolulu Police Department, demonstrated.
One of the boxes shows a theft was reported Sunday afternoon on Queen Street.
It's the newly-unveiled Crime Mapping tool on the Honolulu Police Department's web site, a program designed to strengthen the partnership between police and the community.
"More community involvement in taking control of their neighborhoods," Chief Louis Kealoha, Honolulu Police Department, said. "They're able to see certain crime trends and patterns that's going on where they live."
Police say the site is updated daily through a fully-automated, computer-aided dispatch system.
There was a car break-in reported at 7:20 PM Wednesday on Ward Avenue. A click on the arrow reveals a second car break-in in the same block 34 minutes later.
"To protect people's privacy, we do just list the block of the crime, not the particular address," Kajihiro said.
The information goes back 90 days, and there are five categories of crime covered -- theft, burglary, auto theft, car break-in, and graffiti.
There are also pie charts and graphs. Police say the public can use the data in many ways.
"Maybe they are looking for a new home or something," Kajihiro said. "They could run that."
You can set up e-mail alerts so you'll be notified when new cases are reported in your neighborhood. You can also submit tips to police using an online form.
"If they see suspicious vehicles in the area, send it to us so that we can act on it," Kajihiro said.
"No law enforcement agency, no police department can resolve crime by themselves," Kealoha said. "Together, we can reduce the amount of crime and improve the quality of life in their neighborhoods."
Crime Mapping is a program that's been available in other jurisdictions. HPD says it's testing it out for a year at a rate of $100 a month.