Taking a map out of crime
APD’s new system allows citizens to target crime areas
The Anchorage Police Department recently launched RAIDS Online, a new crime mapping system designed to keep citizens informed of crime activity in their area.
The system maps and analyzes crime data while alerting Anchorage citizens both of crime in the community and crimes they might wish to track.
The goal of the system for the Anchorage Police Department is twofold. Officers will be using an internal version of this software to analyze crime trends and to predict crime – ultimately helping the department allocate resources to crime hotspots. RAIDS Online also provides an engaging way for the community to become aware of criminal activity in their area and, hopefully, prompting communities to become more proactive in preventing crime and providing information about crime activity to the department.
How it Works
RAIDS Online automatically syncs with the Anchorage Police Department’s records system to keep crime information updated online and in the mobile app. It first cleans and geocodes the crime data and then displays all of the incidents on a map, grid and analytics dashboard along with basic information about the incidents - including the type of crime, location type, block-level address, date and time.
RAIDS Online Mobile App
RAIDS Online Mobile empowers citizens to better understand crime trends and lower crime in their area. Recent crime incidents are displayed on a map or listed in a grid. Users can click on an incident for more information or display a hotspot map based on the crimes that are currently in display. 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.
RAIDS Online can be accessed at www.raidsonline.com.