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CrimeReports.com Frequently Asked Questions/Terms and Conditions

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What is CrimeReports.com?  CrimeReports.com is an online mapping and analysis service provided by Public Engines, Inc., headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah.  CrimeReports.com combines the value of police data with the ease-of-use of Google-based mapping and an analytics module so that members of the public can view police data in a high-impact map or summary descriptive format. Members of the public may also sign up to receive free email alerts based on user-defined parameters (e.g., geography, crime types, frequency, etc.). 

What type of Renton Police Department (RPD) data is used in CrimeReports.com?  The CrimeReports.com service uses information from actual police incident reports from RPDs Records Management System (RMS).  RPD officers submit approximately 13,000 case reports per year, which are generated from approximately 78,000 calls for service. Members of the public may select their search parameters by date range, crime type and by geographic patrol district. There are ten (10) patrol districts throughout the city.

What specific types of data from the Records Management System (RMS) are used in CrimeReports.com?  Incident report data is utilized for CrimeReports.com, including the following data fields: date / time occurred, event number, and event location. 

Is there a description for the Records Management System (RMS) data fields included in CrimeReports.com?  Yes:

  • Case Number: Electronically generated by the Police Department’s RMS, this number catalogues an event reported to the Police Department. The Event number consists of 7 characters (7 numeric).  In the following example event number, 0813041, 08= year,  13041= event number
  • Date & Time: This is the date and time that the event occurred.  In the following example, 2007-03-14 19:30, the event occurred on March 14, 2007 at 7:30 PM
  • Event Location: This is the 100th block address and intersection information. CrimeReports.com translates address data into block level data. This means that if an incident occurs at 123 Main Avenue South, it will show up as 100 Block Main Avenue South in the CrimeReports.com application.  Some location fields will be populated with “address could not be mapped” if the data was not geo-processed accurately.

The following table provides several examples to demonstrate the block translation process:

 

Street Number 
0 – 99 
100 – 199
1000 – 1099 
12000 – 12099 

Block Translation
0 Block
100 Block
1000 Block
12000 Block

How can I use the data from CrimeReports.com in support of safety in my neighborhood and community?  Data from CrimeReports.com can be reviewed and used to improve community safety. CrimeReports.com data is appropriate to consider and discuss as part of coordinated crime prevention initiatives. Members of the community are encouraged to continue partnering and problem-solving with the police department while using CrimeReports.com data toward being informed about police activity and crime in their neighborhood.

Is every Records Management System (RMS) incident report type included in CrimeReports.com?  Not every RMS event type is included in CrimeReports.com. There are some minor crimes that just do not occur very often in Renton. The crimes that are mapped are those that members of the public experience most often and would have the most interest in learning about.

Why was Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) not chosen as the data source for CrimeReports.com?  CAD includes all calls for police service. A majority of Calls for Service (CFS) do not rise to the level of generating a case report, or are unfounded by the responding officer. Please keep in mind that CFS do not always equate to a criminal incident resulting in a report or arrest.

How often is data updated in CrimeReports.com?  CrimeReports.com data is updated automatically once per day and contains the most recent six months of data online. 

If I find an event and have additional information to provide to the police, what do I do?  Information provided within CrimeReports.com is intended for the expressed purpose of educating the public on police activity in the City of Renton.  Beyond that intended outcome, the Police Department is hoping to enhance our partnerships with the community and is asking the public to provide the Department with any information that would assist the RPD to solve crimes.  Follow-up information should be directed to the Police Department by calling 425-430-7500. As always, if you are calling about an incident in-progress that may be related to information you viewed via CrimeReports.com, please call 9-1-1. 

Under no circumstances should any member of the public take any action on their own behalf as it relates to the information provided on this website, other than notifying the Renton Police Department with information they wish to share.

Who can I contact if I have trouble using the CrimeReports.com website?  Click on the link below for assistance in utilizing CrimeReports.com:  http://www.publicengines.com/company/contact.php

What are the minimum Browser requirements to use CrimeReports.com?  The CrimeReports.com system takes advantage of advanced features that are only available in more recent versions of web browsers. To ensure an optimal experience while using the site, you may need to update your web browser.  All of the listed browsers can be downloaded for free:

Windows Users
The CrimeReports.com system supports the following web browsers:

  • Firefox 0.9 or newer (Firefox is recommended for best performance)
  • Mozilla 1.4 or newer
  • Internet Explorer 5.5 or newer

Macintosh Users
The CrimeReports.com system supports the following web browsers:

  • Firefox 0.9 or newer (Firefox is recommended for best performance)
  • Mozilla 1.4 or newer
  • Internet Explorer 5.5 or newer

Linux Users
The CrimeReports.com system supports the following web browsers:

  • Firefox 0.9 or newer (Firefox is recommended for best performance)
  • Mozilla 1.4 or newer

In addition, Java script and Cookies must be enabled to use the site. These features are usually enabled by default.

Are there any issues I should keep in mind when checking CrimeReports.com data?

CrimeReports.com uses Records Management System (RMS) data. Actual Call for Service (CFS) data is NOT the same as reported crime data. For official crime statistics, please refer to the FBI Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) program and related data for Renton by visiting UCR / FBI.  Under Crime Categories Quality of Life and Proactive Policing, not all efforts in these two categories are reflected in the mapping of activity. Currently, Quality of Life and Proactive Policing activities are accomplished by uniformed and non-uniformed staff. These directed patrol functions do not always generate an arrest or crime report and thus are not tracked and maintained in the police Records Management System (RMS).

Does CrimeReports.com have a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) site?  Yes.

FAQ and other related information (e.g., company, partners, legal) can be found near the bottom of the CrimeReports.com site at http://www.crimereports.com

Does CrimeReports.com have a DISCLAIMER?  Yes.

Disclaimer:  The information displayed on this website is susceptible to some degree of error due to the collection, entry, and geo-processing of the data. No warranty or guarantee is made nor implied regarding the content, geographic accuracy, timeliness, completeness, sequence, or accuracy of any of the information provided herein. The reader should not rely on the data provided herein for any reason. The information is provided strictly as a courtesy to the public.

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