Technology Improving The Fight Against Crime - Local news, weather, sports Savannah | WSAV On Your Side

Technology Improving The Fight Against Crime

Posted: Updated:
SAVANNAH, GA -

Technology-- we know it makes our day to day lives easier, but you might not realize how much it also helps those who keep us safe. Law enforcement is being revolutionized by technology. News 3 sat down with Demery Bishop, Executive Director of Crimestoppers, to talk about the use of technology. Crimestoppers is essentially a clearing house for information. Bishop explains technology has not only changed the way information gets to them - it's changed what they're able to do with it.

Demery Bishop began working for Crimestoppers - fourteen years ago and says a lot has changed since then, "When I started in Crimestoppers back in '99 - we ran this operation basically out of a 3x5 index card box - I mean that's how it had been run - so someone would call and we'd have to numerically - they'd have a code number - and we'd have to go through numerically from one to 5,000 and find it and then go - it was go pull that hard copy report and you know - now we don't even do paper."

Everything is computerized - from the tips that come in - to the way the information is used. Bishop explains, "Everythings' on Tipsoft - I mean I can go to the tips - I can go to all recipients. I can go to the neighborhood maps. I can go to any offense types - I can go to any watch list we've posted - whatever it is - and I can ship that out or I can get the information and I can bring it together." Bring it together in a variety of ways - from geo-mapping..."We'll put a tip in now - and when I put it in on lets say 135 Yaccamaw street - hypothetically - when I enter that - it's gonna give me every other tip near or in the close proximity of 135 Yaccamaw Street," says Bishop. It then gives authorities a sort of snapshot of what may be going on in a particular neighborhood. Geo-profiling can give them some leads on who might be responsible says Bishop, "You can take all the information and start entering it into a database and it resolves similarities and likes and gives investigators leads on potential individuals - individuals who are suspects potentially - who've been involved in that particular type of crime."

Crimestoppers then shares that analysis with the agencies they work with - like Metro, CNT and the Savannah Area Regional Intelligence Center. Those agencies can use it to begin or further investigations.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Squatters Move Into Soldier's Home and Refuse to Leave

    Squatters Move Into Soldier's Home and Refuse to Leave

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 2:25 PM EDT2014-04-23 18:25:50 GMT
    Alleged SquatterAlleged Squatter
    When soldier Michael Sharkey was deployed to Afghanistan two years ago, he asked a friend to watch over his New Port Richey house.
    When soldier Michael Sharkey was deployed to Afghanistan two years ago, he asked a friend to watch over his New Port Richey house.
  • April Mugshots

    April Mugshots

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 2:42 PM EDT2014-04-22 18:42:32 GMT
    Thomas Allen WinstonThomas Allen Winston
    The following are mugshots and charges of individuals arrested between April 1-4 by the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office.
    The following are mugshots and charges of individuals arrested between April 1-4 by the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office.
  • MUGS: 36 Arrests In Greenville Prostitution Sting

    MUGS: 36 Arrests In Greenville Prostitution Sting

    Wednesday, February 26 2014 12:58 PM EST2014-02-26 17:58:17 GMT
    The Greenville County Sheriff's Office, along with 26 other agencies throughout 15 states, participated in the event during National Day of Johns Arrest.The Greenville County Sheriff's Office, along with 26 other agencies throughout 15 states, participated in the event during National Day of Johns Arrest.
    The Greenville County Sheriff's Office, along with 26 other agencies throughout 15 states, participated in the event during National Day of Johns Arrest.
    The Greenville County Sheriff's Office, along with 26 other agencies throughout 15 states, participated in the event during National Day of Johns Arrest.
Powered by WorldNow

1430 East Victory Drive
Savannah, GA 31404

Telephone: 912.651.0300
Fax: 912.651.0320
Email: newsemailalert@wsav.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.