The city council in Wilmington has approved a service agreement for a new emergency notification system.
WDEL-AM reports that the council approved the deal Thursday with Nixle, a company that offers notification services for thousands of law enforcement and government agencies. The three-year agreement is worth more than $48,000.
The agreement includes an automated system that can send crime information alerts to city residents by email and text message.
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The hope is that the new system will make it easier for everyone to learn about or report a crime.
"This will allow the communications department to interact with those persons with cellphones. Right now our 911 system only interacts on the reverse basis with landlines," Councilman Bob Williams (D-District 7) told WDEL.
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