Spring Lake Park crimes now mapped online for public

Spring Lake Park citizens have a new way to keep tabs on criminal activity in the city: an online crime map.

The Spring Lake Park Police Department has partnered with BAIR Analytics, a company that works primarily with public safety and security agencies, to bring residents RAIDS Online.

RAIDS Online mapping technology allows citizens to view where crimes occurred at a block level; whether crimes occurred at a business, public place or residence; what date and time crimes took place; and what type of crimes were committed.

Currently, Spring Lake Park will focus on mapping the following crimes: aggravated assaults, commercial and residential burglaries, motor vehicle thefts, individual robberies and weapons violations, according to Spring Lake Park Police Chief Doug Ebeltoft.

Additionally, RAIDS users can sign up for neighborhood watch reports that come over email, detailing specific crimes in the area. They can give anonymous tips to law enforcement, too.

“It enhances communication between law enforcement and the community,” Ebeltoft said of the service.

The SLP Police Department did not spend any money on the service. BAIR Analytics provides it free to any law enforcement agencies that are interested.

“We wanted to do something to help law enforcement in these tough economic times,” said Sean Bair, founder of BAIR Analytics and a former police officer, in a press release. “We consider this a basic service that we are more than happy to provide to the public and our law enforcement friends.”

The Coon Rapids Police Department is currently using RAIDS, and Ebeltoft said several other agencies in Anoka County are pursuing the tool.

Residents can view the crime map online. There is a RAIDS Online mobile application as well, available free of charge.

To access the map, visit http://www.raidsonline.com/?address=Spring_Lake_Park%20MN.

The data is still being put into the system, Ebeltoft said.

Olivia Koester is at olivia.koester@ecm-inc.com

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