Bibb County offers new online services

Two new Internet services are available to Bibb County residents that will help inform them about public safety matters and allow them to report stolen items, the sheriff’s office announced Friday.

The ideas were the brainchild of Tony Rousey, Bibb County director of Information Technology, and the IT staff at the Bibb County Courthouse. People can sign up at the Bibb County Web site, www.co.bibb.ga.us.

The first service, BENS — Bibb Emergency Notification System — allows county residents to register their e-mail and cell phone in order to be notified via e-mail or text message about emergency situations, such as impending bad weather and some crime information.

The second service, SIRS — Stolen Item Registration System — allows victims of theft and burglary to enter their stolen items into the system via the Internet. People must enter either a serial number or a product description, including brand name, model, color, etc., into the system. The new system automatically matches stolen items to items lists on pawnshop records. The system then alerts investigators to any matches.