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Crime Alert Boston
Institution: Boston Police and the Internet company CitizenObserver
Implementation Date: jun 02, 2006
Summary: Boston has become the latest -- and largest -- U.S. city to launch a crime alert system designed to get the word out about murders, bank robberies and other crimes to residents and businesses via e-mail, text messaging and fax.


The system, run by the Boston police and the Internet company CitizenObserver.com, is meant to disseminate crucial information about crimes -- including times, locations, descriptions of suspects, and photographs -- into the hands of those most affected and those in the best position to help police find suspects.


The Police Department hopes to engage residents, especially community and crime watch groups, as police fight a major upsurge in crime in some Boston neighborhoods. By providing sometimes instantaneous information and ways for residents to message tips back to investigators, police hope to gain a powerful tool in identifying and catching criminals.
Impact: The system has been operational for a too short period of time to be able to gauge the results
Source: The Boston Globe and the Associated Press.
Project Home URL: http://www.citizenobserver.com/alert_crime.jsp?id=515418
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