Cambridge Police Department Releases Online Crime Map
The Cambridge Police Department and BAIR Analytics Inc. recently partnered to provide a new way for the public to stay informed about crime in Cambridge. An online crime map called RAIDS Online (www.raidsonline.com) that maps and analyzes crime data and allows the Cambridge Police Department to alert the public about crimes in their community is now available for residents to access on their computer or smartphone.
“I think this is a really innovative way to share crime information with the community,” said City Manager Richard C. Rossi. “Many police departments produce crime reports, but this new map allows Cambridge residents to see, on a daily basis, where, when, and what types of crimes police are responding to in their neighborhoods.”
Cambridge residents can view a map and grid with all of the crimes in their area, sign up for neighborhood watch reports that automatically email a breakdown of recent crime activity, and submit an anonymous tip about a crime directly to their law enforcement agency. RAIDS Online automatically syncs with the Cambridge Police Department’s records system to keep crime information updated online and in the mobile app. RAIDS Online cleans and geocodes the crime data, then displays all of the incidents on a map, grid, and analytics dashboard along with some basic information about the incidents, including the type of crime, location type, block-level address, date and time.
The map, updated daily with information on crimes in Cambridge, can be accessed at www.CambridgePolice.org/CrimeMap.