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Macomb County Sheriff’s Office has launched a new online map that will allow county residents to virtually see what’s happening in their communities.

Department officials said the new online application is a tool for the public to see what’s occurring around them, and submit information about crimes that haven’t already been reported.

The Macomb County Sheriff’s web page will also show data accumulated from the past week and highlight incidents the public should be aware of. It is tracked by the sheriff’s office and maintained by the Macomb County Department of Planning and Economic Development.

Sheriff Anthony Wickersham said the map will be updated daily; however, due to the sensitive nature of ongoing investigations, not all incidents will be shown.

“It’s user-friendly and gives the public a direct connection with our office and helps us work together to make our communities safer,” said Wickersham.

Wickersham said the project started over a year ago when the department changed management systems and they had the option of working with a team to create something in-house. He said they wanted to create something that served multiple purposes.

“This is tracking for us, for the public and it will help those looking to move into one of our communities know what kind of crime we’ve been responding to,” he said.

The crime map marks incidents by classifications including assault, assists, drugs and alcohol, fraud, inspection, jailed, property, public relation, traffic and other. Residents can also sign up for email alerts of incidents within a five-mile radius of them.

As of Saturday, there have been 266 incidents marked in the past week including 36 assaults, eight drug and alcohol incidents, 70 jailed and 33 sheriff assists.

View the crime map.

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