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Free online subscription to reporting service offers D.C. residents daily crime updates by PSA

(Published July 26, 1999)

Daily information on crime activity in D.C. neighborhoods is now available through e-mail thanks to a new partnership between the Metropolitan Police Department and an Arlington company.

Residents can get daily crime reports sent to their e-mail address by signing up for a free subscription to the reporting service www.crimereports.com. Subscribers can choose to have daily reports from any or all police districts sent to their e-mail address five days a week. The reports are arranged by patrol service area (PSA) and include the time and location of the crime as well as a brief description of the incident. Reports that subscribers receive are preliminary and any updates are archived on the crimereports.com web site.

Currently the system includes the major crimes categories reported to the police department, including homicide, sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, theft, theft from auto, stolen auto and arson. According to police, the list may be expanded to include other offenses.

Police Chief Charles H. Ramsey said the new partnership will help residents become "full and active partners in community policing."

Ramsey said the department will also use the crime updates to alert subscribers about PSA and police district events, community alerts, wanted offenders, news releases and other community policing information.

A link to crimereports.com can be found at the MPD web site at www.mpdc.org.

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