Ever wonder what those sirens last night were all about? Now there’s an easy way to find out online. The Fairfax County Police Department announced a new partnership last month with crimereports.com to help citizens monitor police-related activity in their neighborhoods. Residents in Herndon, Fairfax City, and other areas not part of Fairfax County can view data for surrounding neighborhoods, but data for their neighborhoods is not currently reported to crimereports.com (so if you live in one of these areas and think this would be a useful service, make sure to contact your local government).
The site is easy to use – just type in an address or zip code and you will see a map with recent incidents. Violent crimes are in green, property-related crimes are in blue, and quality-of-life incidents (mostly drug offenses) are in gold. Click on an icon to get more details about a particular item. You can also see incident trends and total number of incidents.
The site will also include a link to Fairfax County Crime Solvers, so if you have information about a crime, you can leave an anonymous tip. If that tip helps police solve a crime, you could be eligible for a reward up to $1000. Crime doesn’t pay, but tip reporting can!