Law enforcement agencies are in the business of tracking crime, but did you also know that they want to provide the public with the opportunity to do so as well? Police department’s and law enforcement agencies across the country are publishing their crime data online, allowing citizens to see what crimes are occurring in their area, research calls for service history, or even submit a crime report online.
For example, the Antioch Police Department in California provides online public access to crime maps, crime statistics, and calls for service reports. You can view crime maps and statistics that include auto theft and recovery, property crimes, person crimes, and yearly crime statistics. You can search these crime maps by type of crime and month. Calls for service reports, such as assaults, robberies, homicides, breaking and entering, thefts, traffic stops, suspicious vehicle stops, and suspicious person stops are also available online. Additionally, the Antioch Police Department Notification System allows you to sign up to receive email notifications when a significant event occurs in your neighborhood.
In South Dakota, the City of Sioux Falls Police Department provides its community with an interactive call summary map. Call for service searches can be done for the entire city or a particular geographic area by selecting that area on the map for the previous week, or the past 12 months. If you live in Rapid City, you can find crime information online, as well. The Rapid City Police Department provides a crime log where crime incidents can be searched for by date or keyword.
The Boise Police Department in Idaho allows citizens to file a crime report through their online reporting system. You can report non-emergency incidents, such as property crimes, abandoned vehicles, harassing phone calls, or vandalism without even leaving your home. After submission, you will be given a case number and be able to print a copy of the report to keep for your records.
People have incorporated the Internet into nearly every aspect of their daily lives, so it is no surprise that the trend of utilizing internet technology for crime information and reporting continues to grow. Online access to crime data helps law enforcement officials in their crime prevention efforts, as well as empowering communities. Citizens can easily track crime and be more informed about criminal activity in their neighborhoods. Online crime reporting saves residents time and keeps police on the streets.
If you would like to find crime information for your neighborhood, visit the Free Public Records Directory, Crimes and Crime Data category page. There you can also find information about missing persons, unsolved cases, police activity logs, cold case investigations, crime alerts, as well as a number of national crime maps and databases. In addition to crime information, the Free Public Records Directory provides links and resources for other public records, such as property records, wanted persons, professional licenses, unclaimed property, bar associations, and more. Records can be searched for by state, county, and municipality.