Police plan: Businesses will get crime updates
Grand Junction businesses, local police want your email address.
But nobody’s in trouble.
The Grand Junction Police Department over recent weeks has sent letters to local businesses, soliciting email addresses from anyone interested in receiving periodic crime information updates.
Police Chief John Camper said the department is gathering lists of emails and organizing them by type of business to send out crime trend information or time-sensitive messages. They’re grouping the emails into categories, such as “restaurant/bars,” “pharmacies,” “pawn shops” and “jewelry stores” among others.
“It might be fairly specific or timely information, such as, ‘Be on the lookout for a male or female suspect driving a black BMW who is passing a stolen credit card,’ ” Camper said.
So far there are 28 categories, some of them with 10 or more email addresses, he said.
The system is up, running and growing.
“A few weeks ago, we notified the ‘hotel’ participants of a missing person who may have checked into a hotel,” Camper said. “We asked them to check their rosters to see if the person had checked in.”
The letters distributed by the police department note that businesses aren’t required to provide email addresses.