There's a new way to stay informed about the crimes happening in your neighborhood.
Raids Online is a mapping system that connects law enforcement with the community. Guernsey County Sheriff Mike McCauley said residents can receive crime alert emails and submit anonymous tips directly to the sheriff's office.
"Since January 1st of this year, we have put all of our case files in that computer database, so every crime that has occured in Guernsey County since January 1st is there," said McCauley.
The program allows users to select the types of crimes that most interest them, such as homicide, robbery or traffic incidents. McCauley said that Raids Online is a free service for both the county and its residents, and he expects its popularity to grow in such a technology-savvy world.
"I use the word 'consciously aware' of what's going on around them, because too often, things may happen without you realizing it, but I know that if you were alerted by it, you would be more concious about locking doors and whatnot," said McCauley.
Guernsey County is the third area in Ohio to install the software. Licking County also utilizes Raids Online. For more information, visit the Guernsey or Licking County Sheriff's websites or www.raidsonline.com.