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Biloxi sees average number of emergencies in 2015

emergency departments across the Coast are compiling end of the year crime reports. (Photo source: WLOX) emergency departments across the Coast are compiling end of the year crime reports. (Photo source: WLOX)
The City of Biloxi has been publishing weekly reports online since the beginning of November. (Photo source: WLOX) The City of Biloxi has been publishing weekly reports online since the beginning of November. (Photo source: WLOX)
Biloxi PD offers the potential for the public to help improve security throughout the city. (Photo source: WLOX) Biloxi PD offers the potential for the public to help improve security throughout the city. (Photo source: WLOX)
The website www.crimemapping.com is free to public access and shows crime details like type, time and location. (Photo source: WLOX) The website www.crimemapping.com is free to public access and shows crime details like type, time and location. (Photo source: WLOX)
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

Is crime increasing in your neighborhood? As December approaches, emergency departments across the Coast are compiling end of the year reports.

The City of Biloxi has been publishing weekly reports online since the beginning of November. 

Many lessons can be learned by reviewing history. Sometimes that history can be used to improve efficiency and performance. That's what the emergency responders in the city of Biloxi try to accomplish each year. 

"Our whole job is to save lives and to save property. We're here to teach people fire safety, and we want to educate people in that," said Jeff Merrill, deputy chief of fire department operations.

According to Merrill, going over statistics can help with that education. Merrill said the fire department typically receives 6,500 to 7,000 calls per year.

"Majority of those are medical, but everything is pretty much on average," said Merrill.

Average is a good thing when it comes to responding to emergencies. Merrill credits improved fire codes for not seeing an increase in emergencies this year. Those improvements are made based on statistics.

For the Biloxi Police Department, the number of calls is much higher because of the number of officer-initiated calls made.

Last year, the department received around 185,000 calls. This year, that number is around 173,000 so far.

"So, we're right about 93 percent of our mark for last year. So, we're pretty much right on track," said Major Michael Wills.

The department offers a tool that allows the public to see what those numbers look like, even down to a city block.

The cime mapping website is free to public access and shows crime details like type, time and location.

Wills said it offers the potential for the public to help improve security throughout the city.

"If they're seeing crime in their neighborhood, hopefully it will make them more aware of their surroundings," said Wills. But the website doesn't just help the public improve security.

Biloxi PD also has its own, more detailed version of the site.

"It does give us added tools to know where to allocate man power, resources and ultimately, hopefully, deter or prevent any future crimes from happening," said Wills.

The website is used in multiple cities across the Coast. All you have to do is look up your address to find out if your city is using the helpful tool. 

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