The Windsor Police Service has launched a new feature on its website that tracks crime reports across the city.
The feature combines a Google map with crime data, allowing a user to see the dates, locations and types of crime reported to police. A user can also enter a specific address into the database to see crime levels in the area.
City Councillor Fulvio Valentinis, who sits on the Police Services Board, called the new feature "an extension of neighbourhood watch."
"[It's for] keeping an eye on things and letting people be aware of what's going on," Valentinis said. "You just can't expect everyone to sit back and hide."
Entering the address "825 Riverside Drive West, Windsor, ON" — the address of the CBC — shows that two crimes occurred within three blocks of the location in the last seven days.
Most of the 207 crimes reported since Aug. 19 appear to be clustered in the city centre.
The police services board approved the move to Crime Reports in May. It is expected to cost $200 per month.
Windsor is just the fifth Canadian city to participate in the Utah-based service, which is used by about 900 law enforcement agencies in the United States. Kingston, Ottawa and Thunder Bay, Ont., as well as Brandon, Man., also use the service.