MEDINA, Ohio - There is a new way for Medina residents to check out crime in their neighborhood. The Medina Police Department and BAIR Analytics Inc. recently partnered to provide a way for the public to stay informed about crime in Medina.
The Medina Police Department now has an online crime map called RAIDS Online. It maps and analyzes crime data, alerts Medina citizens about crimes in their area, and allows the Medina Police Department to quickly alert the public about crimes as they occur.
"An informed community is our best defense against crime," said Mayor Dennis Hanwell. "This is a user friendly way to stay informed about your neighborhood and your community."
Medina citizens 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 Medina 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.
"By using a single computer aided dispatch system and police electronic records system, we are able to offer this benefit to their communities at no cost," said Medina Chief Patrick Berarducci.
The map displays only those incidents in which a report is written such as an arrest report, crash report, or theft report.
BAIR Analytics offers RAIDS Online and the RAIDS Online Mobile app as a free service to any law enforcement agency that wishes to participate. RAIDS Online is ad-free and BAIR Analytics does not sell the data to third party vendors, thus the agency remains in complete control over their data. "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 Sean Bair, a former police officer and founder of BAIR Analytics.