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Staying alert: New program helps keep community safe

February 14, 2012

Have you ever seen the police in your neighborhood and wondered why? A new virtual community watch program can give you that information and more. Multiple Bingham county law enforcement agencies have partnered with AlertID to provide the new system that is available now.
The AlertID program provides near real-time crime and threat advisories, online community watch programs and a crime map for everyone in Bingham County when they sign up.
“Very shortly the system will also include sex offender information,” said Paul Hardwicke, Blackfoot Police Department Community Programs Coordinator. “The Blackfoot Police Department, in partnership with Shelley and Aberdeen police departments and the Bingham County Sheriff’s Office, are excited to be the first in Idaho to offer this service.”
AlertID has proven to reduce crime and improve communications between citizens and federal, state and local authorities. It provides immediate information that can threaten the safety of families and communities.
“When you register you can see exactly if and what crimes are happening in your neighborhood,” Hardwicke said. “For example, if you look at the map and see there have been several break-ins in your neighborhood, that may alert you to be more vigilant in your area, lock your doors, and watch for suspicious behavior.”
Hardwicke said the system allows for people to participate in “Facebook-like discussions and engage others”. The site will also provide crime prevention advice.
“I would encourage all Blackfoot, Aberdeen, Shelley and Bingham County residents to sign up for this free online service that can truly help keep our neighborhoods safer,” Blackfoot Police Chief David Moore said. “This is a powerful tool to help residents be more aware of crime and threats in their community, and be more proactive in looking after the safety of their families and neighbors.”
Residents who enroll for this free program can receive email and text messages notifying them of crimes in their area. Police and emergency authorities also have the ability to broadcast urgent alerts to the public including Amber Alerts, crime, emergencies, terrorist situations, hazmat incidents, floods, range fires and severe weather.
It takes less than five minutes to register for your free AlertID account. Go to www.alertid.com to register or for more information.

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