Protecting Our Communities
The Wisconsin Crime Alert Network (WCAN) is a statewide program that links law enforcement agencies with the business community and the public in a partnership to fight crime. WCAN is a highly effective program which can help prevent crime and aid in the apprehension of criminals.
WCAN allows law enforcement agencies to send out crime alert bulletins rapidly, to the business community and to the general public, whenever a crime or suspect may affect citizens or their businesses. WCAN provides a rapid, cost-effective means of communication between law enforcement agencies and the communities they serve.
Only law enforcement can send Crime Alerts. Investigating officers target their crime alert messages to businesses and/or citizens.
The WCAN partnership fosters:Crime Prevention
Finding Stolen PropertyLocating Missing Persons
How Does Wisconsin Crime Alert Work?
Law enforcement officers may issue crime alert bulletins to participating businesses and the public throughout the state.
Targeted Crime AlertsSpecific business types can be targeted (chose from a list of 50 business types)Specific geographic areas can be targeted (by county, region or statewide)
Law enforcement can specify which types of businesses are to receive a particular crime alert by selecting from 50 categories, including pharmacies, media, schools, hospitals, banks, neighborhood watch, and convenience stores.
WCAN alerts are sent to you in several ways
Cell phone text messageFax
What is the Benefit of Membership?
Protect businesses and your communityPrevent crimeSupport law enforcementMore crimes solved
WCAN is a collaborative partnership involving law enforcement, business and the community.
THE SUCCESS OF THE PROGRAM RELIES ON PARTICIPATION FROM YOU!