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CrimeWatch page reappears on NewsOK.com

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Question from a NewsOK visitor:

I’m sure you hear this over and over again. I was wondering what happened to crime tracker. It was the best tool available to use when purchasing a house. Is there another site that is comparable to Crime Tracker?

Answer from me:

We’ve heard it. We’ve heard other complaints, too. Usually what we hear about our CrimeWatch page is that it’s not updated quickly enough or that we don’t have enough local cities with enough data.

The CrimeWatch page hasn’t been operational since we launched our newest redesign a couple months ago — until today. Coincidentally, our programmers were able to address that page during the slow period here on Christmas week. We were finally able to get this page back up.

Unfortunately, we still need to get more updated information. We have some decent data for Midwest City and Oklahoma City, but we lack the data from other area municipalities. We will start making phone calls again soon to the individual police departments.

The fact is,  there’s no central place to gather this information. And not all the local police departments jump at the chance to send us the information. I know because in the past I’ve called all of them about this very data. They aren’t rude about it – but delivering the data to us in a timely and efficient manner doesn’t rank high on their priority list.

But now that the page is back, we can put it back on our priority list.

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Alan Herzberger

Alan Herzberger is the Vice President of Audience Development at The Oklahoman Media Company. He focuses on digital strategies for The Oklahoman and for NewsOK.com. He’s been with The Oklahoman since 1997, when he joined the sports department.... Read more ›

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