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Published December 10, 2013, 10:03 PM

New website helping Breckenridge Police Department

Breckenridge, MN (WDAY TV) - The Breckenridge Police Department is using a new crime tracking tool.

By: Kay Cooley, WDAY

Breckenridge, MN (WDAY TV) - The Breckenridge Police Department is using a new crime tracking tool.

One that makes a lot of their incident information public, online.

For the first time, people in town can keep track of what's going on in their own neighborhoods, anything from a minor parking complaint to murder.

Is it my neighborhood, what kind of a crime is it?

Breckenridge has a new site, perfect for a nosey neighbor.

Anything that's going on in a neighborhood, you're going to have a call.

Or more importantly, for people trying to keep an eye on crime in their part of town

Nate Harder/Police Chief: “I think it encourages people to be vigilant. I don't want them to be afraid but they have a right to know what's going on in their neighborhoods.”

You just type Breckenridge Minnesota into Crime and all of their police calls pop up in icon form.

Bradie Nielsen/Lives in Town: “I definitely think that would be a good idea.”

All part of an interactive map.

You can zoom in basically to your house.

Once you've zeroed in on a specific area, you can click on the different icons.

B is for burglary.

Then find out what type of incident happened there, and when.

You can customize your search.

Then narrow it down even more by date, location, or type of crime.

Harder: “What it does is it increases interaction between officers, citizens, and gives citizens a lot of input what's going on.”

Nielsen: “I would like to know what's going on in my neighborhood, with my neighbors, if I didn't know them very well.”

Soon there will even be a submit a tip feature for users.

Harder: “Citizens are our eyes and ears, and the more information they're going to have, the more information we're going to have.”

All with the hope that increased access online helps decrease occurrence.

Harder: “It's going to be a win win situation for everybody.”

Harder says a lot of other cities use Crime, both Moorhead and Fargo do not.