Columbus Police to start crime alert system

By The Associated Press

COLUMBUS — The Columbus Police Department is launching the Columbus Business Alert initiative, an effort to inform local businesses of crime information as it is happening.

Police department spokeswoman Terrie Songer tells The Commercial Dispatch that the alert would let businesses know about missing children, shoplifting incidents and other crimes.

Songer says the e-mail system also will allow businesses to network with one another and the police department to decrease crime activity.

A business alert system is not a new idea, Songer says, noting other cities’ police departments use a similar concept.

Songer says the police department hopes to bring all local businesses into the network.