Streetsboro -- Want to find out about the types of crime -- and their frequency -- that are occuring throughout the city?
Check out the Streetsboro Police Department's new online incident map, RAIDS Online.
RAIDS (Regional Analysis and Information Sharing) maps and analyzes incident data and alerts Streetsboro citizens about incidents in their area. The department partnered with BAIR Analytics Inc. to provide a way for the public to stay informed about incidents in Streetsboro.
Streetsboro, Akron, Youngstown, Medina and Poland Township are the only police agencies in northeast Ohio using RAIDS Online for incident mapping, according to a news release from the police department.
The system works by synching a map and grid of a particular area with each police department's record system. The incident information is updated once each morning to the RAIDS Online Server, which Lt. Darin Powers said is free to the city.
"Let's say you live in a neighborhood, and you know your car got broken into overnight," said Powers. "You can go on and see if more happened in the past week to see what is happening in the area. This allows us to see what crime is happening in which areas and target our enforcement there."
RAIDS Online cleans and geocodes the incident data, then displays all of the incidents on a map, grid and analytics dashboard along with some basic information about the incidents, according to the press release.
Users can click on an incident for more information or display a hotspot map based on the incidents that are currently in display.
"The Streetsboro Police Department's participation in RAIDS Online highlights their commitment to proactive communication with the public they serve," said Sean Bair, founder of BAIR Analytics. "We're excited to partner with the Streetsboro Police Department to provide this free service for their public."
Users can also sign up for neighborhood watch reports that automatically email any recent crime activity on a daily, weekly or monthly schedule. The app makes all of this information accessible anywhere from a user's mobile device. The RAIDS Online mobile app is available for free in the iTunes App Store. BAIR Analytics plans to release an Android app later this year.
"We wanted to do something to help law enforcement in these tough economic times. We consider this a basic service that we are more than happy to provide to the public and our law enforcement friends," said Bair, a former police officer and analyst.
The Streetsboro map can be accessed through the police department's Facebook page or their website.