Map crime locations

New map lets Canton residents look up crime locations

A recently debuted crime map allows Canton residents to see when and where robberies, burglaries and other crimes have occurred.

The map, a service provided at no additional cost as part of the Canton Police Department’s Tip411 subscription, is accessible at or Searches can be refined by address, date range and offense.

“One of our mantras has been ‘an informed community is a safer community.’” said Canton police Lt. John Gabbard. “We want people to know and be aware of what’s happening in your community.”

The option to create a map isn’t new, he said. It’s offered nationwide through Tip411, which allows people to send anonymous tips and receive police alerts, in partnership with data company LexisNexis.

As the department increasingly has used data to inform policing the past five years, record-keeping has reached the point where a map is feasible. Gabbard estimated police reports uploaded to the system are matched to the right location 97 percent of the time.

“As we improve how we can read our information and store it, then it makes a lot of things possible, and this is just one of those things,” Gabbard said.

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Suspect Arrested within Hours Thanks to Community Tips via tip411

On July 10th at 10:04 a.m., Canton Police in Ohio posted the following on the department’s official Facebook page:

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By 1:43 p.m., less than four hours later, Canton Police posted the following on Facebook to let the public know that a suspect had been identified via a tip through the department’s tip411 system and that he was in custody:

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Asking the public for help and giving them the tools to share information quickly, safely, and anonymously can help reduce crime.  Learn more about how tip411 helps law enforcement across the country at