By: Stephanie Jacksis
News Channel 25KILLEEN –

Police introduced a new crime map website for locals to use.  They hope the program will help keep residents safe, and continue the diminishing trend of crime in the area.  And because it’s free, officials hope citizens will be encouraged to use the website.

The public crime mapping website called RAIDS Online should make it easier for Killeen citizens to keep track of the crime in their area.

“Well, let’s say that someone leaves their garage doors open, and we’ve had a rash of thefts from the garage,” Killeen Police Chief Dennis Baldwin said, adding, “They can see what’s occurring and say, you know what, I’m going to take some extra measures in my life to make sure I’m not a victim.”

Locals can type in their home or work address, and icons will show what crimes have been committed in nearby areas.

“I think it’s a great tool to use,” resident Cleavon Young said.  “I’ll log onto it with my phone.  We need stuff like this to keep us informed.”

“We would be aware of it.  We would be warned,” resident Amber Barker said. “And we would also be able to let other people know what’s going on.”

The program syncs with the Killeen Police Department’s records system to automatically upload crime information and keep it updated on the map, a big plus for community members.

Crimes dating all the way back to January 2010 have been loaded onto the site.

The website can even send alerts to your E-mail when a crime has been committed near your home.

Visit the site here,