Police Turning To Internet to Help Stop Crime
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GREEN BAY-- A rash in crimes on Green Bay's northwest side is stretching the police force thin. Police say a high number of crimes including thefts from cars, homes, and garages has officers patrolling the are as much as possible. The area targeted is the neighborhoods surrounding Perkins Park.
Officers believe the crimes may be linked to one or more groups of teens. The increase has come during the last 30 days. But officers say overall crime numbers in the area are actually down from this time last year.
To help officers deal with the high call volume of reported thefts and vandalism, police are asking the public to use the department's website to report minor crimes online. Police say this could help ease the burden of officers responding to non-emergency crimes.
Cpt. Paul Ebel says the department has yielded 69 reports online since the program launched in April. Police say it is not enough to offset the high call volume, but it could help if more victims used it.