Crime mapping, email reports and tips for the public

Tutorials

Overview

Different views of the same data

RAIDS Online crime mapping and analysis interface displays four views of a city's crime data to the public. A simple tabbed interface allows the public to switch between a Map, Data Grid, Analytics and Metadata view of the crime data.

Map

RAIDS Online displays limited crime data to the public in Google Maps' well known, intuitive mapping interface. Crime type, street-level address, location type and date and time are displayed for the public. Filtering capabilities include address search, buffer and date constraints.

Data Grid

RAIDS Online gives the user full control over how data is displayed. In "Data Grid" view users can turn on and off columns and sort data based on any variable. Data in the grid automatically updates based on the incidents displayed on the map.

Analytics

Meaningful, visually stunning graphs help users visualize crime trends in their area. Graphs automatically update based on the data that is displayed on the map giving user's full control over what data they would like to analyze.

Metadata

It is important for the public to feel confident in the data that they are viewing. RAIDS Online's Metadata tab displays useful information about the data that is being displayed. The source of the data, accuracy of points on the map and other useful information displayed in RAIDS Online help improve transparency and trust between law enforcement and the public.

Filters apply everywhere

Users can apply filters to the data to view only the information that matters most to them. The Sidebar in RAIDS Online includes a number of filters that help the user focus on a specific area, type of crime, or date range. As a user adjusts these filters, the filters automatically apply throughout the application.

Example: If a user applies a filter to the Crime Types sidebar menu to show only crimes that are Thefts, then only incidents that are classified as Thefts are displayed on the map. If the user switches to the Analytics tab, the graphs automatically adjust to display information only related to Thefts.

RAIDS Online Tutorial

Table of Content
  1. Searching for a location
    1. Searching for an address
    2. Jumping directly to a city
    3. Navigating to a city from the national map
    4. Using the Buffer feature
  2. Using the Map controls
    1. Zooming in and out on the map
    2. Changing the map base layer
    3. Panning
  3. Adjusting Crime categories
    1. Overview of the crime category
    2. Adjusting which crime types are in display
    3. Selecting all crime types
    4. Deselecting all crime types
  4. Adjusting Dates
    1. Selecting a date range from the Quick Date drop list.
    2. Adjusting the Start and End Dates.
    3. Using the time slider.
  5. Viewing hotspots of crime
    1. Turning on the density map and how to use it
  6. Viewing crimes in Data Grid
    1. Moving columns
    2. Sorting data
    3. Paging through records
    4. Viewing the total number of records in view
  7. Viewing crimes in the Analytics tab
    1. Moving graph modules
    2. Expanding graphics from the Analytical tab
  8. Viewing Crimes in the Metadata tab
  9. Additional usage
    1. Signing up for Neighborhood Watch Reports
    2. Unsubscribing from Neightborhood Watch Reports
    3. How to ask your city to participate in RAIDS Online?
    4. How to proving an anonymous tip
  10. Crime Types Definitions
Searching for an Address

To search for an address, click on the Search address tab and then type an address in the Address field. You will need the following information:

  1. Street Number
  2. Street Name
  3. City
  4. State
How to search by addresss

Once the information has been entered, click the Go to Address button.

Jump directly to a city

To jump to a city, click on the Jump to City drop list and select the city you would like to view crime data for (cities are ordered alphabetically by state).

Jump to a city
Navigating to a city from the national map

To navigate from the National Map, click on a blue-shaded state. An info window containing participating cities for the state will appear. Click on the city you would like to view.

National Map
Using the buffer feature

The buffer layer allows you to set a perimeter around an address. To create a buffer, click the checkbox labeled On under the Buffer section.

How to Buffer Image

To adjust the size of the buffer, select a distance from the buffer distance drop list menu. To view only crime within the buffer, click the Only display crimes within buffer checkbox.

Zooming in and out on the map

You can zoom in and out by either using the scroll wheel on the mouse or the slider at the upper-left portion of the map. Your cursor will need to be over the map for the scroll wheel on the mouse to work as a zoom tool.

How to zoom in and out in a map
Changing the map base layer

To change the map layer, click on the Map, Satellite or Terrain buttons in the upper right side of the screen.

Changing Map Layer
Panning the map

You can move the map by left clicking on the map and dragging or by clicking the arrows located in the upper-left portion of the map.

Panning the map
Adjust which crime types are displayed

To adjust the crimes in the view, click on the Crime Types menu in the sidebar. Then click on the icons for the crime types you would like to view.

How to select crimes

Click the Select All button at the bottom of the menu to view all crimes or click the Deselect All button to remove all crimes from view.

Selecting a date range from the Quick Date drop list

To select a pre-defined data range, click on the Quick Date drop list and select the desired date range

Quick Date selection

Adjusting the Start and End Dates

To select specific start and end dates, select the dates from the Start Date and End Date calendar under the Date Range section.

Adjust date Range
Using the Time Slider

To use the Time Slider, click the View points using the time slider checkbox. Once the slider appears, move the start and end date bars to select a time range in real time.

How to use the time slider
Turning on the density feature

A density map, or hot spot analysis, provides a spatial analysis of where crime is clustering. To a view a density map, set your resolution (higher resolution results in higher quality, but will take longer to calculate) and check the Density Map checkbox. To calculate the density map for a different set of crimes, click the Calculate link.


How to use a density
Viewing crimes in the Data Grid view

To view crimes in the Data Grid view, click on Data Grid tab on the upper-left portion of the map.

Data Grid View

The Data Grid makes comparing details of crime much easier.

Data Grid View
Moving Columns

To re-order the columns, click on a column header and drag it to another location.

Moving Columns
Sorting data

To sort data in the Data Grid, click on the arrow that appears on the right-hand of the header. Then select Sort Ascending or Sort Descending option from the menu.

Data Grid Sorting
Paging through records

To cycle through the pages of crimes in the Data Grid, click on the navigation arrows in the toolbar below the grid. Arrows will move either backward or forward one page and the double arrows will either move to the first or last page of crime in view.

Paging through the data grid view
Viewing the Total number of records in view

To view the total number of records in view, look at the bottom right in the Data Grid view.

Total Number of records
Viewing crimes in the Analytics tab

The Analytics tab provides graphs and charts to help you better understand the crime situation in your neighborhood. To view the analytics, click on the Analytics tab in the upper-left portion of the map.

Opening the Analytical Tab
Moving analytics around the Analytical Dashboard

From the Analytics tab, move any analytics to any position by clicking on its title bar and dragging it to the desired position.

.MovingGraphics

Viewing crimes in the Metadata tab

The Metadata page provides additional information on the crime and agencies in view. To view this data, click on the Metadata tab in the upper-left portion of the screen.

Metadata
Signing up for Neightborhood Watch Reports

To sign up for Neightborhood Watch reports, click on the Sign up for crime alerts tab, located in the upper-right portion of the screen. Complete and submit the sign-up form.

Alerts
Unsubscribing from Neightborhood Watch Reports

To stop receiving Neighborhood Watch Reports, unsubscribe by clicking on the Stop receiving this report link provided at the bottom of any Neighborhood Watch Report.

Dayly alerts
How to provide anonymous tips

To provide anonymous tips to participating law enforcement agencies, click on any crime icon and then click the Submit an anonymous tip link.

Anonymous tip

On the next screen, fill out the anonymous tip form and click the Submit button below the form.

Submit a Tip

Note: Not all agencies participate in the anonymous tips service.

Submot anonymous tip
Crime type definitions

Here is a list of definitions for the crimes listed on the Crime Types tab:

  • Aggravated assaultAggravated Assault

The unlawful attack of one person by another with intent to inflict severe harm or injury. This type of assault is generally accompanied by the use of a weapon.

  • Alcohol ViolationAlcohol Violation

The sale or fabrication of Alcohol by unlicensed outlets and offenses related to the use of alcohol while operating any type of vehicle.

  • All other criminalAll Other - Criminal

Violations not incorporated in the other categories but still considered a crime under the law.

  • All other non criminalAll Other - Non-Criminal

Non-criminal incidents not incorporated in the other categories.

  • Assault otherAssault - Other

The act of causing or attempting to case bodily harm upon another individual.

  • ArsonArson

The act of setting fires to structures or wild areas with malicious intent.

  • Attempted HomicideAttempted Homicide

Acting deliberately, intentionally, or recklessly with complete disregard for human life to kill another person.

  • Burglary CommercialBurglary - Commercial

Breaking and entering into a commercial property with intent to steal property from its premise.

  • Burglary from motor vehicleBurglary from Motor Vehicle

Breaking and entering into a vehicle with intent to steal private property.

  • Burglary residentialBurglary - Residential

Breaking and entering into a residence with intent to steal private property.

  • Death InvestigationDeath Investigation

An investigation into the criminal or non-criminal events leading to the death of an individual.

  • Disordely ConductDisorderly Conduct

Any action that goes against decency, public peace or has the outcome of shocking the publics sense of morality.

  • Driving under the influenceDUI (Driving Under the Influence)

Drivng a vehicle while being physically or mentally impaired by the use of alcohol or illegal substances.

  • Drugs / Narcotic ViolationDrugs / Narcotic Violation

Any offense regarding the manufacturing, distribution or use of illegal substances.

  • FraudFraud

Any offense involving the distortion of the truth to gain personal gain or wealth.

  • Motor Vehicle TheftMotor Vehicle Theft

The theft or attempted theft of a motor vehicle.

  • HomicideHomicide

The intentional killing of another human being.

  • Robbery CommercialRobbery - Commercial

Any offense involving the act of stealing from a business through the use of threats or force.

  • Robbery IndividualRobbery - Individual

Any offense involving the act of stealing from an individual throguh the use of threats or force.

  • Sexual AssaultSexual Assault

The carnal knowledge of an individual, forcibly and against their will.

  • Sexual OffenseSexual Offense: Other

All sexual offenses other than sexual assualt.

  • ShopliftingShoplifting

To steal merchandise from a business while they are opened for business.

  • TheftTheft

The unlawful taking, carrying, leading or riding away of property from the possession of another.

  • Theft - OtherTheft - Other

Theft of property valued low enough for the offense to be considered minor.

  • Traffic IncidentTraffic Incident

An un-expected collision with a vehicle. This includes land, sea and air.

  • VandalismVandalism

To willfully damage, deface or destroy public or private property.

  • Weapon ViolationWeapon Violation

Violations involving the prohibited manufacture, possession, transportation, sale, purchase, concealment or use of weapons including firearms, explosives, chemicals, knives and other forms of weapons.