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Brunswick Co. Sheriff using technology for crime alerts

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BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) -- The Brunswick County Sheriff's Office has announced two new tools to for citizens to get information about crime in their area.

The Sheriff's Office is using BAIR Analytics public crime map RAIDS Online. The Sheriff's Office says the program connects law enforcement with the community to reduce crime and improve public safety. In addition to mapping, RAIDS Online automatically alerts the public about recent crime activity and allows users to provide anonymous tips.

"We are extremely pleased to be able to offer this service to the citizens of Brunswick County," Sheriff John Ingram said in a statement. "Our goal is to provide the community with as much information about crime in their area as possible. The Office of the Sheriff is here to serve its citizens and offering these services are another way to accomplish that."

Users can go the RAIDS Online website and sign up for an account to receive daily, weekly, or monthly alerts about a wide range of specific crimes occurring within a set radius of their address. The RAIDS Online is accompanied by a mobile app, currently available for iPhone users. An Android version is planned for the near future.

In addition to RAIDS Online, the Sheriff's Office is also using tip411/CitizenObserver. It is a web-based notification toolset for law enforcement that enables citizens to receive and respond to text, email and web alerts from your agency. Alerts are received by citizens according to their preference of text message, email or both. There is no cost to the public to sign up to receive alerts.

How to Sign Up for Alerts:
-Go to the tip411 signup page and register for an account
-On the next page, choose the agency you wish to receive alerts from (Brunswick County Sheriff's Office)
-Select the Watch Groups (neighborhoods) in your area you would like to receive alerts about
-Confirm your registration by checking the "Complete" button.

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Completely useless

Looking back at recent published events that have happened in Brunswick County, many of them don't show on the map. Also, if you live inside one of the towns - Leland, Southport, Shallotte, etc., you will see nothing for your area.

Of course since Leland PD can't do anything but write speeding, and now parking tickets - oops... it's a NYC style warning sticker that you'll have to scrape off your window - there's nothing to see there anyway despite the number of larcenies.

That last link does not work.

That last link does not work.

I apologize for the

I apologize for the inconvenience. The link has been corrected now.

http://www.citizenobserver.com/registration.jsp

In addition to these police

In addition to these police tools, Sheriff Ingram and his department do a very good job at utilizing social media to keep the public aware of what is going on in the county. When there is inclement weather that causes roads to be closed, he keeps the people up-to-date on the roads closing and when they reopen. Also, I usually find out from him when schools are closed, before the schools notify us. I am glad to have him as a sheriff and I hope he and his department keep up the good work.