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Richmond County Investigators Combat Crime Through Digital Footprint

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One local county is beefing up its digital footprint to help you stay safe.

Richmond County has revamped its website and also expanded its social media presence.

New tech tools are helping Richmond County investigators.

"Having Facebook, everyone is on social media and that allows people to contact us that may not have the number and leave an anonymous tip," said Sgt. Mike Gilliland.

The new Facebook page posts things like suspects' mug shots to crimes in progress.

 "We are constantly monitoring Facebook because people leave tips. If there is a burglary, some people may see an unusual vehicle," said Gilliland.

Investigators say Facebook has a bigger reach and can help catch crooks faster.

 "Everyone has cell phones, most have internet and they can report it real time and that's faster response time for the officers," said Sgt. Mike Gilliland.

The Sheriff's Office also rolled out a new website where you can look up sex offenders living nearby.

"We are working with getting in touch with neighborhood watch groups and try to build a database," said Sgt. Mike Gilliland.

The website will soon show crime stats near your address to keep you aware – in real time.

"The county government has a website and in real time you can see what issues are happening in your area," said Sgt. Mike Gilliland.

If you want to download the new crime mapping tool, just go to www.augustaga.gov

 

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