Last week the Minneapolis Star Tribune took note of a growing trend at police departments across the nation - they are posting detailed information about crimes online using a mapping interface. An app that integrates with the website is also available. Featured in the article was the Twin Cities suburb of Eagan, although the RAIDS (Regional Analysis and Information Data Sharing) Online interactive crime map is also available for several other Minnesota cities such as Apple Valley, Bloomington, Lakeville, and Richfield. More below:
Minneapolis Star Tribune, September 3, 2013)
Comment: The article drives home the point of this effort with the following: "“There isn’t any reason not to make crime information available to [residents] so they can make better decisions about their own safety and help them protect their own property,” said Eagan Police Chief Jim McDonald. “If a police car shows up in your neighborhood, it could create a sense of uneasiness. Now there’s the ability to see what transpired.” As an Eagan resident, I couldn't agree more!