Pensacola, Fl., is one of the latest cities to be paying CrimeReports of Draper, Ut., $100 a month for crime mapping services that can provide information to residents on reported crimes, says the Pensacola News Journal. “A lot of times we get phone calls from people wanting to know what happened down the street and some of the trends going on in their neighborhoods,” said Assistant Police Chief Chip Simmons. “People need to feel safe and secure in their neighborhood, and a lot of times information makes them feel better.”
The department is not providing the location of sexual assaults to maintain victims’ confidentiality. CrimeReports says that more than 800 agencies contract for its services. The cost can run up to $200 per month.