Safety: Monitoring Crime

        

  Woodside’s crime rate is very low.  For an area of .2 square miles, with approximately 181 residents, our town is very quiet and peaceful.  Unfortunately, when reviewing online sites about crime statistics, Woodside is listed as a high crime area.  This information has been addressed with the Kent County Crime Watch program and the Delaware State Police at Troop 3, who all agree that Woodside has virtually no crime.   This has been backed up by the FBI reports that are developed in connection to information sent to the FBI Database from the Delaware State Police.   The problem arises from the fact that the areas outside the Woodside town limits are attributed to the town itself, which is incorrect.  This is because the area located on the east side of the town of Woodside, on the other side of U.S. 13,  is often referred to as Woodside East, which has nothing to do with the actual town of Woodside.   The town of Woodside is working with local police authorities to correct the information posted online. 

     In order to monitor crime in your area, the online site called CrimeMapping.com can be used.  Crimes around a particular address will be reported to you by using this app.  Alerts will be sent to your email whenever a crime is committed is the area that you have selected.  This application will also provide a weekly report on what crimes, if any, have been committed in your area. 

https://www.crimemapping.com/

         You may also receive press releases from the Delaware State Police on any events or crimes that are occurring in Delaware.  This also includes traffic accidents and delays.  The Delaware State Police will often  ask for assistance from the public in locating suspects or warning the public of any criminal activity that may be occurring.  Each week, a notification list of homeless people or sex offenders who are released from the prison system are published, so the public may be aware of those individuals who may be living in your area.  The Delaware State Police Public Information Office is currently utilizing WordPress.com to send and archive press releases for everyone to view.   Please follow the  steps below to subscribe to the Delaware State Police WordPress.com.

1. Type https://dspnewsroom.com in your browser.
2. Once in WordPress.com, type the email address where you would like to get the press releases.
3. Click on Follow.
4. You should receive a confirmation email.
5. Click confirm.
6. Under management of WordPress.com, click on “Delaware State Police” and ensure immediate is showing.
7. You will receive another email to confirm you are receiving the Delaware State Police press releases.