Coon Rapids Police launch crime mapping project

The Coon Rapids Police Department has launched a crime mapping and crime analysis project.

Using technology by BAIR Analytics, some crime data is made public using its mapping program, available free on the Internet and via mobile apps for iPhone and iPad.

“The data that we are providing in the mapping program is only felony level FBI UCR Part I offenses with the exception of sex crimes,” said Capt Cary Parks, Coon Rapids Police project coordinator.

The crimes currently publicly mapping are:

• Homicide

• Aggravated robbery

• Burglary – commercial

• Burglary – residential

• Aggravated (felony) assault

• Theft (felony)

• Vehicle theft

• Arson

The police department was dispatched to 38,761 radio calls in 2012, resulting in 35,923 police reports, according to Parks.

It would be overwhelming to map each of these incidents and the FBI UCR Part II and Part II, IV and V offense categories, Parks said.

Coon Rapids residents can view a map and grid with all of the crimes in their area and sign up for neighborhood watch reports that automatically email a breakdown of recent crime activity, according to Parks.

RAIDS Online automatically syncs with the Coon Rapids Police Department’s records system to keep crime information updated online and in the mobile app, Parks said.

“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, he said.

To visit the Coon Rapids crime map go to http://www.raidsonline.com/?address=Coon%20Rapids%20MN

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