Crime mapping provides
a snapshot of crimes in City of Northville
The City of Northville recently joined an online crime mapping system
that coordinates with Oakland County’s CLEMIS system to show the
location and type of crime that has occurred on a digital map within 24
hours after a police report has been filed.
CLEMIS is a report
management system that compiles crime reports from police departments in
Oakland County, including Northville, and makes them available to the
public. Oakland County takes that information one step further by
allowing police departments to directly subscribe to a service from
that populates the crime data on a map.
“The new system allows
the public to be aware of crime, whether it’s a single incident, a rash
of crime or a trend in crime,” said Michael Carlson, police chief of the
City of Northville. “This summer, there has been multiple incidents of
theft from unlocked cars north of 8 Mile, between Taft and Novi roads.
Those have been reported on the crime map.”
The website is
user-friendly with icons that show the location of the crime, type of
crime and a case number. Icons represent robberies, assaults, break-ins,
and drug possession among other crimes. While it doesn’t show vehicle
accidents per se, it does indicate accidents when a drunk driver was
involved. The map is national in scope and shows Northville as well as
surrounding communities. Viewers can use the zoom function to see
various views of the area they are interested in.
reporting system enhances the transparency of the police department,”
said Carlson. “We were previously mapping crimes on our own using Google
maps and color-coded pins to represent various crimes, but it wasn’t as
timely and cost-effective as this system is.”
Users have the
option of looking at the online map in real time or searching back 180
days. People can also add their name to a City of Northville e-mail list
to receive police alerts by signing up here: Northville City Police
Department Community Alert & Response Email System (NCPDCARES). To
receive text alerts to a mobile phone, sign up at Nixle.com. People can
also follow the police department on Twitter. Users of the
crimemapping.com site can specify which details they want to receive in
crime alerts: streets or a section of the City and types of crimes.
Shawn Riley, a realtor with Coldwell Banker Weir Manual and chair of
the DDA board, says the crime mapping system will come in handy for
people who want to be well informed. “I’ve been in the real estate
business for over 20 years and the question of crime does come up,” he
said. “A lot of buyers are doing their homework up front on the
Internet. It’s a great tool for me to be able to point someone to a
resource if crime is a concern.”
The City of Northville is
fortunate to have a low crime rate. In 2014, per the FBI Uniform Crime
Reporting program, there was an annual rate of three violent crimes* and
66 property crimes* for the City’s approximately 6,000 residents.
ValuePenguin, a personal finance research and analysis firm, ranked
Northville as being one of the safest cities in the state among
populations of 10,000 and under, based on FBI statistics and weighing
violent crimes at 90% and property crimes at 10%.
prevention can reduce the incidence of crimes,” said Carlson. “In the
case of thefts from vehicles, people should lock their doors and park in
well-lit areas. If you must keep valuables, such as cameras, cell phones
and purses in your vehicle, keep them in the trunk or hidden from view.
*Violent crimes that occurred in 2014 were for aggravated assault.
(Murder/manslaughter, forcible rape, and robbery are also violent
crimes, but they did not occur in Northville in 2014.) Property crimes
are burglary, larceny, theft, motor vehicle theft and arson.
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