How safe is your neighborhood? - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

How safe is your neighborhood?

By Crystal Price - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - It's the police department's duty to protect society from crime.

At Tuesday night's city council meeting, Lake Charles Police introduce a new way for citizens to keep a better eye on their neighborhood.

"Crime Mapping" is a new tactic used by the police to better track crime in specific neighborhoods at specific addresses. 

"What this does is it gives an aerial map of the entire city," says Sgt. Mark Kraus of the Lake Charles Police Department. "It allows our entire community to know what's going on."

The system not only maps accurately by location, but also by particular crimes.

"This new system tracks every crime in Lake Charles," says Mayor Randy Roach.

Roach says this new system is necessary for law enforcement officers to better track crimes.

"This can help the officer when he goes to his particular area," says Roach. "It better prepares him for what he's going to encounter and have to deal with in that particular situation."

But it's not only for law enforcement officers, citizens also get a chance to track.

"There is a public version of the web site that provides general information for citizens to search," says Roach. "This will enable them to do that in the comfort of their own home."

Kraus says "crime mapping" is advantageous for both law enforcement and residents alike.

"We believe that the information that they see will give them an opportunity to continue corresponding with our agency so that we can better serve them," says Kraus.

Roach says the system will also put a more accurate label on neighborhoods within Lake Charles.

"It helps to dispel some of the impressions that people may have relative to what's going on in their community," says Roach.

Lake Charles is one of three communities in the state taking advantage of this new technology.

To get to the web site, click on "Crime Mapping Site" to the right.

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