MEDINA — City police have a new way to inform residents about what’s going on in their neighborhoods.
Medina police are using an online crime map called RAIDS Online — www.raidsonline.com — that maps and analyzes crime data and alerts residents about crimes in their neighborhoods.
“An informed community is our best defense against crime,” Mayor Dennis Hanwell said. “This is a user-friendly way to stay informed about your neighborhood and your community.
“It just helps inform the public of what are the crimes near where they live.”
Information on crime reports also is available for Medina and Montville townships.
“We provide dispatch services for and collaborate with Montville police and Medina Township police,” Medina Police Chief Patrick Berarducci said. “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.”
Residents can see a map displaying the type of crime and its location. They also can submit anonymous tips directly to police and sign up for neighborhood watch reports that provide breakdowns of recent crime activity on a daily, weekly or monthly schedule.
The program automatically syncs with the department’s records system to keep crime information updated online. The program displays the incidents on a map, along with basic information about the incidents, including the type of crime, location, block-level address, date and time.
In addition to the website, a RAIDS Online Mobile app is available for the iPhone.
All the information is available at no cost. BAIR Analytics offers RAIDS Online and the RAIDS Online Mobile app as free services to any law enforcement agency that wants to participate.
Medina City Council approved spending $26,250 in January to enable the reporting system to work with Emergitech, the dispatch and reporting software the three police agencies use.
The software also will help the three departments share information instantly, Berarducci said.
RAIDS Online is ad-free and BAIR Analytics does not sell the data to third-party vendors so the Police Department retains sole authority over its data.
The map displays only those incidents in which a report is written, such as an arrest, crash or theft.
“I think people will like having the ability to check on their neighborhoods, check on their communities,” Berarducci said.
BAIR Analytics is a software and service company that provides tools and expertise for public safety, private security, national security and defense entities.
A news release said nearly half of the largest public-safety agencies in the United States use BAIR’s products and services to fight crime. BAIR’s customers include Wal-Mart, Target, the U.S. Department of Defense and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Reporter Kiera Manion-Fischer contributed to this report. Contact reporter Dan Pompili at (330) 721-4012 or firstname.lastname@example.org.