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Crime mapping web site unveiled

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YAKIMA, Wash-- Yakima, Selah and Union Gap Police Departments unveiled a new tool to fight crime. It's the new Web site: 

Locations and type of crime will be plotted on a map, users can search based on address or type crime and sign up for e-mail alerts so you know what's happening in your neighborhood. 

Yakima Police Chief Sam Granato thinks an informed public will help stop crime in the city.

"It's very difficult to fill the need just on policemen alone, so that's why we need to rely more on technology and we're gonna have to rely more on our own citizens to help us fight crime," said Granato.

Crime mapping should also keep officers informed of crime trends. is just one component of the program, the police department also has a crime data analyst. The whole crime mapping program cost $140,000 and was funded by a Department of Justice grant.