The San Rafael Police Department has joined more than three hundred police departments nationwide by partnering with CrimeReports.com to share neighborhood crime information with community members. This high-tech program is user friendly and allows community members to view reported crime and community oriented policing activity on one easy to use map. Users can search by area and sort results by incident type, date, and distance from their location. An easy to use interface displays the results in list form and as clickable icons on a movable “Google map” of San Rafael.
Community members can also access statistical information by using the “Analytics” tab. The information is gathered directly from our records management system and sent securely to the Crime Reports website for the community to view. Users will be able to view the call type (e.g. Vehicle Theft), date, time, distance from a specified location, and the disposition of the call (e.g. Report Taken). Because privacy is a concern, users will only be able to view the block in which the incident occurred (e.g. 1400 Block of Fifth Avenue). An identifying number will be provided to reference the incident if needed, and is the same number that is generated by our Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) system when an incident is created.
Community members may use the Crime Reports website for free at any time. Users may also sign up for our customized neighborhood newsletters and alerts.
As part of our community oriented policing philosophy, we believe that this program will assist us in continuing our goal of having a high level of communication with our community members.