Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Lewiston, Maine Police Use Web-Based Crime Mapping Application (RAIDSONLINE)

Lewiston, Maine police have started using a new web-based crime mapping application called RAIDSONLINE.  The application gives the public access to crime information in their neighborhood as it plots it on Google.  Towns and Cities that have started to use the application include Raleigh, NC, Rochester, NY, Topeka, KS, and others.  The application breaks down the different crimes such as aggravated assault, arson, burglary, homicide, larceny, motor vehicle theft, robbery and sexual assault.  You can select all sorts of crimes or just one category.  You can also select date ranges such as one day, one month, or a year or more.  The application runs slow (it is online after all) but it seems to be full of information.  I suspect that more towns and cities will begin using it.  If you are looking to buy a house in Lewiston this might be something to check into first!
"The Lewiston Police Department is the first in Maine and one of only eight nationwide to sign on to a new Web-based crime mapping application, software that makes that information available and easily accessible to the public.  The free application -- at raidsonline.com -- could soon spread to other communities in the state, which are evaluating it."
Read more in "Lewiston police put crime on the map", The Portland Press Herald, April 26, 2010. Click here to learn more about law enforcement in Maine.  To view the application click on http://www.raidsonline.com/.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

You can jump directly to Lewiston's crimes using this link.