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Police use website, social media to fight crime

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Cops in the Shoals are taking their crime fighting work to the internet. Cops in the Shoals are taking their crime fighting work to the internet.
FLORENCE, AL (WAFF) -

Cops in the Shoals are taking their crime fighting work to the internet.

Florence Police are hooking up a website with their Twitter and Facebook pages to keep the public updated and take in tips.

The site is called CrimeReports.com. It's a free service, and anyone can use it.

The site is designed to allow residents to help police their own areas.

All you have to do is type in an address, and the most recent criminal activity will appear on the map.

The site also allows people to email anonymous tips to police or report suspicious activity.

Florence Investigator Brad Holmes said the site allows constant communication between residents and officers.

"We live in a technology age," said Holmes. "The day and time of sitting down face to face and having conversation is slowly slipping away and we do so much through the media, so much on our computer system. Our smart phones are everywhere. Statistically speaking, 90 percent plus of our population has a smart phone, and this allows us that tool to have that communication. It's so important. We have to know our neighbors; we have to know our neighborhoods."

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