Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

St. Pete Beach crime stats are a click away

ST. PETE BEACH — Information about crimes in the city is now just a click or e-mail alert away.

On Tuesday, the City Commission approved spending $1,188 from the city's crime forfeiture fund for a year's membership in a new Web-based crime reporting service.

The city is now the third in Pinellas County to publish its crime statistics, pinpointed by Google maps, on St. Petersburg and Gulfport are linked to the site as well.

"The bad guys are paying for it. I love that idea," police Chief David Romine said Thursday. "I don't see a downside to this."

He hopes the online crime reports will both better inform residents and encourage them to call the Police Department with information about criminal activity.

"We need to have partnerships with people in the community who have a vested interest in knowing what is going on in their neighborhoods," said Romine. "This is a small community. People are not usually shy about calling the police chief."

The city's crime reports will be live within 24 hours, said Dan O'Connor, administrative services supervisor for the St. Pete Beach Police Department.

For the past month, the city's computers linked with the Web site on a trial basis. Ongoing crime reports are being added to the nearly 100 February crime reports available for public searching.

O'Connor said residents can easily navigate through maps with icons that identify the type of crime, the location and the date it occurred.

The site also allows visitors to get crime trends by area, listing incidents by type, frequency and location. Crime categories include assault, burglary, homicide, robbery, sex offenses, theft, vehicle burglaries and thefts, vehicle recoveries, major traffic incidents and "quality of life" incidents.

User-defined graphs and pie charts break down crimes by type and percentage.

"Quality-of-life reports are basically anything that makes you mad — noise complaints, nuisance calls, disorderly conduct, traffic issues," O'Connor said.

CrimeReports describes itself as the largest online resource for accurate, up-to-date crime information. The service works with about 700 police agencies in all but four states.

The Web site also allows visitors to sign up for e-mail alerts and offers a free iPhone app.

The information provided is basic, Romine admits, but if residents want more information about a particular crime, they can call the Police Department and make a public records request.

"Information is a good thing. Residents will really be able to see what is going on in their neighborhoods," O'Connor said.

"If people become more aware of burglaries and other crimes, they will be more likely to lock their doors and take precautions."

St. Pete Beach crime stats are a click away 03/06/10 [Last modified: Friday, March 5, 2010 4:45pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. South Korea military: North Korea fires unidentified projectile


    SEOUL — North Korea launched a ballistic missile early today that flew 280 miles and landed in Japan's exclusive economic zone, the South Korean military and the Japanese government said.

    S. Korean President Moon Jae-in is assessing the launch.
  2. Rays blow lead, rally, blow lead, rally again to beat Twins in 15 (w/video)

    The Heater

    MINNEAPOLIS — The Rays sure made it interesting Sunday, taking an early lead, watching their beleaguered bullpen blow it, rallying to tie in the ninth, battling the Twins to take a lead in the 14th then giving it up again.

    MINNEAPOLIS, MN - MAY 28: Evan Longoria #3 of the Tampa Bay Rays celebrates scoring a run against the Minnesota Twins during the first inning of the game on May 28, 2017 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) 700010990
  3. Marijuana extract sharply cuts seizures in severe form of epilepsy


    An oil derived from the marijuana plant sharply reduces violent seizures in young people suffering from a rare, severe form of epilepsy, according to a study published last week that gives more hope to parents who have been clamoring for access to the medication.

  4. 'I ain't fit to live': Police say Mississippi gunman kills 8


    BROOKHAVEN, Miss. — A man who got into an argument with his estranged wife and her family over his children was arrested Sunday in a house-to-house shooting rampage in rural Mississippi that left eight people dead, including his mother-in-law and a sheriff's deputy.

    People embrace Sunday outside the Bogue Chitto, Miss., house where eight people were killed during a shooting rampage Saturday in Lincoln County, Miss.
  5. Kushner's Russia ties questioned as Trump cites media 'lies'


    WASHINGTON — Congressional Democrats on Sunday demanded to hear directly from top White House adviser Jared Kushner over allegations of proposed secret back-channel communications with Russia, saying the security clearance of President Donald Trump's son-in-law may need to be revoked.