Announces New Media Partnerships with Austin American-Statesman and WCNC-TV of Charlotte, N.C.

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Consumers in Austin and Charlotte Gain Access to the Latest Crime Information in Their Cities and Neighborhoods maps and reports show crimes including shootings, assaults, burglaries in 200 U.S. cities.

Readers of and viewers of WCNC will benefit from greater insight into crime trends and incidents, the consumer-driven leader in online crime mapping services, today announced the addition of two new, high-profile media partners to its nationwide network: the Austin American-Statesman and WCNC NewsChannel 36 in Charlotte, N.C.

Both the American-Statesman and WCNC will feature links to on their homepages and maps to track the latest incidents in their respective cities.

Founded in 2008,'s cutting-edge technology collects up-to-the-minute crime reports and maps incident data for more than 200 cities around the country. On the SpotCrime Web site, users can search addresses for recent crimes - arrest, arson, assault, burglary, robbery, shooting, theft and vandalism - within a two-mile radius.

Visitors to the site can also register to receive regular email or text message alerts with details about new incidents. is also available on social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter.

"Readers of and viewers of WCNC will benefit from greater insight into crime trends and incidents," said Founder and CEO Colin Drane. "SpotCrime is honored to team up with these two outstanding providers of local news."

The American-Statesman is the Texas capital city's daily newspaper, and attracts 1.8 million unique visitors per month. Austin is hailed as one of the most Web-connected cities in the country. The newspaper sets itself apart from competitors and reinforces its mission of local news by hosting numerous blogs from citizen journalists. It also has one of the largest Twitter followings of all U.S. newspapers.

" is the leading source of crime and public safety information in the city, and our partnership with SpotCrime will help strengthen that position," said Tim Lott, Vice President/Digital Media of the American-Standard.

The Web site companion to Charlotte's NewsChannel 36,, averages more than 500,000 unique visitors per month with on-demand news, sports and entertainment from the station's local programming.

"SpotCrime is a like a breaking news report that users can have sent directly to their inboxes or cell phones," said Amy Lehtonen, managing editor of "We look forward to providing our viewers with this valuable news service."

About is committed to improving public safety through its online crime maps, customizable automated e-mail alerts and intuitive tools for user participation. The site provides timely and accurate crime information on 200 cities in the United States, Canada and the UK. SpotCrime also operates, which maps criminal activity on over 200 college campuses across the United States. For more information, please visit

About the Austin American-Statesman
The Austin American-Statesman is the leading medium in Central Texas reaching more than 800,000 readers every week in print and online. Its family of websites - including and - has an average of over 25 million pageviews per month. Statesman brands are Central Texas' top news, entertainment, shopping and information sources. Along with the Austin American-Standard, the family of brands includes publications and websites in communities across Central Texas. For more information on the Austin American-Standard and its family of products, contact Lisa Sullivan


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