A few months ago, the Dallas Police Department made all its crime and arrest reports accessible online to the public. You might remember reading about this in last month’s magazine when we asked Deputy Chief Jan Easterling to fill us in on the new feature.
Now, East Dallas resident and neighborhood activist Avi Adelman has taken that public information one step further. He’s just launched a new website that will e-mail you daily updates about crime in your neighborhood.
The privately owned and operated website sorts police data, and then filters it to subscribers via e-mail. The service is funded by advertisements (or at least it will be) so it’s totally free to subscribers, unlike some of its competing websites.
The website is still a little rough around the edges, but a revamped version is expected this spring. The goal is to eventually have at least 50,000 subscribers—and one day subscribers may be able to sign up for crime updates via cell phone or PDA.