The Sacramento Police Department has a new online crime mapping program available on its website - one that also features an accompanying app for Apple devices.
Officials say the program, called RAIDS Online, is more user-friendly than the mapping technology previously available on the website.
The program also allows users to sign up for email alerts when there is a crime reported in specific locations, said police Officer Michele Gigante. A user can sign up for alerts regarding crime in their neighborhood, for example, or near his or her child's school.
Users of the iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch also can download the accompanying app from the app store, Gigante said.
Gigante said police hope community members will take advantage of the program to watch for trends in their neighborhoods and promote safety as well as communication among neighbors.
"It arms the community with information," she said.
To access the program, created by BAIR Analytics, go to www.sacpd.org and click on "RAIDS Online" on the left-hand side. To register for the alerts, click on "Sign Up for Crime Alerts" at the top, or do so through www.raidsonline.com.