Ad-Express and Daily Iowegian, Centerville, IA

February 16, 2010

Appanoose County Sheriff’s Office joins the National Crime Map

Citizens now have free access to official, timely crime data through the CrimeReports Web site and iPhone app.

Have you ever seen flashing blue lights in your neighborhood and wanted to know what was going on? Do you want to find out how safe your neighborhood really is? Now you can, through a new partnership between Appanoose County Sheriff and CrimeReports, creators of the National Crime Map, at

“Providing reliable, timely information to our citizens is one of our top priorities,” says Sheriff Gary Anderson. “And partnering with CrimeReports gives us the ability to keep the public informed on a regular basis as to what is going on in the community.” He added that the public can access the crime map 24 hours a day through the Web site or through the CrimeReports iPhone app, available for free download in the Apple iTunes store. The new service even lets local citizens sign up for free customizable e-mail alerts, so they can stay on top of crime in their neighborhood. “Information is power,” Sheriff Anderson added. “And we hope that giving the community this information will help them prevent crime in their neighborhoods.”

“The Appanoose County Sheriff’s Office is a leader in law enforcement innovation,” says Greg Whisenant, founder and CEO of CrimeReports. “They are demonstrating their commitment to the community, to proactive policing and fiscal responsibility.”

The Appanoose County Sheriff’s Office is joining a list of nearly 700 other law enforcement agencies of all sizes across North America who are sharing their crime information with the public through the map, like Baltimore, Boston, San Jose, San Francisco, Portland, Washington D.C., Los Angeles County and more.

You can access your local crime map and sign up for daily, weekly or monthly e-mail crime alerts at or at the Appanoose County Sheriff Web site ( Crime Prevention).

About CrimeReports

Working with nearly 700 law enforcement agencies across North America, CrimeReports is the largest and most accurate online resource for up-to-date crime information. The CrimeReports network offers a family of affordable, easy-to-use software tools for law enforcement agencies to understand crime trends and share up-to-date neighborhood crime data with the public, including a free iPhone app.

Community members can access the integrated crime map and receive e-mail crime alerts for free at, empowering them to make informed decisions to help improve the safety of their neighborhood and community. CrimeReports services are offered by Public Engines, Inc. For more information, visit