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  • This screenshot shows The Telegraph's new crime Web page. The page also includes an interactive map of crimes in Nashua.
Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Telegraph launches crime page

NASHUA – The Telegraph has unveiled a new section of its website dedicated to crime and public safety in Greater Nashua.

The Police, Crime and Public Safety page, to which readers can link from the left side of the newspaper’s home page by clicking on “Police and Crime,” aims to be a one-stop clearinghouse for crimes, court news, car accidents and press releases for the Nashua area.

The centerpiece of the page is an interactive map that plots all of the crimes reported to Nashua police. The data is extracted from Nashua police records by CrimeMapping.com once a day and plotted on a map of the city.

The data, which goes back 180 days, is searchable by crime type, address, date range and more.

“My hope is that our readers will be able to keep a very close eye on public safety matters near their homes,” Telegraph Publisher Terrence Williams said.

That’s what Nashua Police Chief John Seusing is hoping, too, and it is one of the reasons the department partnered with the newspaper on the crime map.

He said people want to know what’s happening in their neighborhood and their city, and he hopes more informed residents will be more watchful and apt to call police.

“It’s good to get the information out there,” Seusing said. “We’re hoping to see people have an even more watchful eye and report stuff to us.”

Williams said it took a unique partnership between the police and the paper to get the information onto the Web in a new way.

“It isn’t a typical type of partnership, but I think it’s a good one,” he said.

In addition to the crime map, the page will feature the top crime and public safety stories of the day and will be updated constantly as things happen.

Along with traditional news and feature stories, a Twitter feed is placed prominently at the top of the page and pulls in tweets from The Telegraph’s @Crime_Telegraph, as well as Twitter accounts from local police departments, the state Department of Corrections, Department of Transportation and PSNH, to name a few.

The page also will feature an archive of police booking photos.

The page will let readers delve deeper into crime and safety reporting with a database of police logs and press releases that The Telegraph receives daily from agencies in the area and throughout the state.

“Having all of that information on one page makes it quicker and easier for our readers to find out what’s happening in their neighborhood and on their street,” said Shana Hoch, The Telegraph’s vice president for digital media. “I think it gives people a sense of control, and that makes people feel safer.”

The page can be found directly at www.nashuatelegraph.com/crime.

Joseph G. Cote can be reached at 594-6415 or jcote@nashuatelegraph.com. Also, follow Cote on Twitter (@Telegraph_JoeC).