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Richmond Police unveil public crime database


Information just about every Richmonder would want to know about their neighborhood is now available with a click of a mouse. Thursday, Richmond Police unveiled a new public database where you can find out exactly what crime is going on where you live.

"We're not trying to hide crime," Richmond Police Chief Ray Tarasovic said. "We want people to know what's going on in their communities."

What's going on in your community is online and available through a link on the department website.

"It's important to us for both our engagement with the community, the kind of transparency that we talk about," Tarasovic added.

Once you put in an address, the program automatically loads eight major crimes. They include incidents like homicide and burglaries, but you can add other categories if you want more information.

"You also have the ability to click on an incident and it will display that incident," crime analysis supervisor Renee Richardson said. "It's going to give you basic information."

You can also find a spreadsheet where there's a closer look at the incidents.

"So say I just want burglary," Richardson explained. "I can type in the word burglary and it's going to take out everything."

You can also select what dates you want to examine. There's two years worth of information on the system. You can set a specific range or select a time period.

A density function allows you to look at the distances between crimes. Hot spots are illustrated in red.

One feature Richmonders will want to take advantage of is an email alert. Set your address and parameters and daily, weekly or monthly RPD will send you what you want to know.

If a computer isn't easily accessible to you, the new system also works on your iPhone or Android.

The information now accessible to the public didn't cost the department anything. It's part of a program already paid for through a federal grant.

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