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New Britain P.D. launches real-time crime mapping technology for neighbors

Goal is to make city safer

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (WTNH) - New Britain's police force just became only the second in the entire state of Connecticut to launch interactive crime mapping technology with one main goal: A safer community.

The way it works is you go to crimemapping.com and type in "New Britain."  From there, you zoom in on your neighborhood of concern and behold real time crime information at your fingertips.  

Deputy Chief Christopher Chute, speaking to News 8's Mario Boone, said the new technology offers a smarter way to achieve the police department's goal by deploying manpower where it's needed most.

"The goal is always to make the community safer," Chute said.  "That is our prime goal, our mission for the police department," according to Chute.

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Icons appear on the map showing where various types of crimes ranging from burglary to armed robbery happened.  It allows police to pinpoint when and where a specific type of crime is more likely to occur.

"We're going to put the right people in the right places at the right time," Chute said.

The new program is helping neighbors like Tom Zelek better protect the rental property he owns on Arch Street.

"I think it's fantastic," said Zelek. "I don't know if it's because we have a high crime rate or because someone is forward thinking, but it certainly seems like something we can benefit from."


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