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Neighborhood Watch Goes High-Tech in Lee's Summit

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Uploaded on Jul 15, 2010

LEE'S SUMMIT, MO - With just a few clicks of a mouse, Lee's Summit residents can keep track of crime in their neighborhood.

The RAIDS online tool allows users to search, filter and analyze crime information any time. It offers a map where you can sort crimes by type and date, as well as view hot spots or look at times and days of the week that tend to see spikes or lulls in crime.

"The dots are color coded, orange is arson, blue is burglary," said April Wagner, manager of the Lodge Apartments in Lee's Summit. She says that she has never heard of the program until now, and says this new tool could help her recruit new tenants.

"We don't have an element of crime, so I can say, 'Hey check us out on Lee's Summits map, were not gonna be on it'," said Wagner, who says that she has a zero-tolerance policy for crime.

The Lee's Summit Police Department hopes that home owners associations will also use the program, setting parameters in their own neighborhoods to track crime and send out safety information.

Other cities around the metro use similar online crime plotting tools, but Lee's Summit is the first city on the Missouri side of the metro to use it. Sgt. Mike Childs of the Lee's Summit Police Department says a well informed community is better at protecting themselves if they have the information they need.

"Crime prevention is a seven-day-a-week job," said Sgt. Childs. "You've always got to be looking at crime prevention, you just can't think its a weekend incident."

Click here for more information about RAIDS from the City of Lee's Summit.

http://www.fox4kc.com/news/wdaf-story...

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