News Release News Release The City of Palo Alto
Communications Department
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301


Subject :

Police Use New Crime Reporting Tool
Contact : Sandra Brown, Sergeant    650-704-2930
Palo Alto, CA -- Palo Alto citizens can now check the Internet to find out if there's a crime problem in their neighborhood. To ensure the community has the most contemporary tools available, Palo Alto Police Department has contracted with, a service that includes easy-to-read maps which display exactly what types of crimes are occurring and where.  

The data is presented on a Google Maps interface which displays updated crime activity for the City of Palo Alto and other law enforcement agencies that have also subscribed with The Crime Reports service is free to the public, allowing them easy access to neighborhood crime data in near-real time. By using this service, members of the public can easily view crime information from multiple jurisdictions where they both live and work in one convenient, easy-to-use location. 

"This new program represents a significant milestone for the Police Department in its goal to provide timely and important information to our community" said Sheryl Contois, Director of Technical Services with the Police Department.  

Community members can receive information on what crimes are occurring in their neighborhoods, and then can better prevent themselves from becoming victims. The Police Department hope through this new program, citizens will be more apt to report to the police any suspicious persons and activities that may be related to those crimes.

The basic information that will be provided is:

  • Types of Incidents
  • Date of Incidents      
  • Time of Incident 
  • Block Address Location
  • Incident Description

Citizens can access more information about on the City’s website at, through the Living in Palo Alto or Police Department pages or directly at