By LeaAnne Klentzman
As if by magic, residents that reside in the unincorporated areas of Fort Bend County can now track crime for themselves by checking a crime tracking website that some Fort Bend city police have been using and made available to their citizens for quite some time.
Last week Sheriff’s spokesman Bob Haenel issued a statement that citizens under the jurisdiction of the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office can now access crime maps, crime tracking data and crime trends on the website www.raidsonline.com. Crime tracking on this site has been available for quite some time.
Crime statistics have been a huge issue in the current race for sheriff. So now, through what Haenel called, “A grant that benefited several law enforcement agencies in the county, the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office now has a website geared solely to help residents in the unincorporated areas of the county to track crime in their neighborhoods. The cities of Stafford and Missouri City already have a presence on the RAIDS Online website.”
The website is user friendly. Citizens can point and click to gather the information they are interested in. They can also choose to have crime information emailed to them by signing up for a daily, weekly, or monthly listing of crimes broken down by what their specific interest is. The user can enter any address in the unincorporated area for the county, Stafford, or Missouri city and see what crimes have occurred within a 5 mile circle of that address.
Based on the data provided the user can learn when crimes occur, where they occur, and what types of crimes are being committed, said Haenel. He also said, “By switching between the Analytics tab on the website, citizens can view such analytics as day of the week and time of day when crimes occur.”
“Citizens may learn about each of the features by clicking on the Help button. Inside, Bair Analytics, which developed and operates RAIDS Online across the nation, has provided a detailed description of each feature. Citizens who are moving to a new location within the county can research different areas. They also may investigate the crimes that are happening near and around the places where they live or work,” said Haenel.
RAIDS Online is available at www.raidsonline.com as well as the County’s website www.co.fort-bend.tx.us under the Sheriff’s Office then find Criminal Statistics link for Bair Analytical/RaidsOnline.
Hopefully with the assistance of yet another computer system that redundantly collects data to track crime in Fort Bend County, the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report will get the correct numbers for the first time in over 10 years.
Debate on this subject has brought past issues to the forefront.