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Virtual neighborhood watch launches in Bell County

Posted at 5:29 PM, Feb 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-25 19:59:32-05

BELL COUNTY, TX — The Bell County Sheriff’s Office is rolling out a new online crime reporting tool. Dubbed a virtual neighborhood watch, the program is anonymous, easy to use, and could help solve a crime.

Residents can report suspicious activity, provide video or picture evidence and key details that could assist in investigations through this website.

The information is logged, analyzed, and stored to track patterns in a database. This data can be linked to other criminal events, which can giving detectives clues to piece together a bigger puzzle.

A Temple woman, who recently had her car stolen, says that the experience has reminded her to stay vigilant.

“My daughter says, "Mom, lock your car. Lock your doors." You never know so I’m going to be more careful next time,” said Betty Di Paola.

A community engagement meeting is planned for March 7th at the Temple Public Library. It begins right at 11 a.m.