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Bend joins Redmond in online crime mapping

By KTVZ.COM news sources
Published On: Oct 01 2012 04:39:41 PM CDT
Updated On: Oct 02 2012 01:00:50 AM CDT

NewsChannel 21's John Hendricks shows how Bend police are using technology to better inform the public

BEND, Ore. -

The Bend Police Department announced Monday it has partnered with BAIR Analytics Inc. to provide a new way for the public to stay informed about crime in Bend.

Like Redmond announced recently, Bend police now have an online crime map called RAIDS Online (www.raidsonline.com) that maps and analyzes crime data, alerts Bend citizens about crimes in their area, and allows the Bend Police Department to quickly alert the public about crimes as they occur.

Bend citizens can view a map and grid of 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 Bend 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 Bend 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 Bend Police Department to provide this free service for their public.”

Typically, agencies can spend thousands of dollars annually through other crime mapping providers. 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 Bair, a former police officer and analyst.

RAIDS Online Mobile

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. The RAIDS Online Mobile app is available for FREE on the App Store.

Anyone can visit Bend’s crime map at:

http://www.raidsonline.com/?address=Bend,%20OR

About BAIR Analytics

BAIR (Behavioral Analysis & Intelligence Resources) is an analytical software and service company dedicated to providing private security, public safety, national security and defense entities the innovative tools and subject-matter expertise needed to identify, analyze and resolve problems created by the actions of offenders and their networks that threaten our citizens, our communities and our nation. For more information, visit www.bairanalytics.com.

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