The reality of crime in Edmonton neighbourhoods has been revealed to the citizens who inhabit them.

Police have launched a Crime Mapping website, to give the public more information about criminal activity and its frequency.

“We want to become more accountable and more transparent with the public,” Edmonton police commission chair Brian Gibson told Metro. “We felt it would provide people with information to make their communities safer.”

Statistics, trends and patterns, ranging from break and enters to murders, are available starting at 2007.

The truth about community crime will inspire citizens to be vigilant and protect themselves from recognized threats, Gibson said.

“It will give people factual information, rather than going on hearsay or their own thoughts,” he added. “It gives people an opportunity to validate concerns. Edmonton is a very safe city, but we’re trying to make it safer.”

Visit to view the site.