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CrimeReports.com

Frequently Asked Questions:

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 e-mail alerts based on user-defined parameters (e.g., geography, crime types, frequency, etc.)

 What type of Montgomery County Police Department (MCPD) data is used in CrimeReports.com? The CrimeReports.com service utilizes calls-for-service (CFS) data from the MCPD Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) system. CAD is a highly specialized application that allows for the coordinated communication, assignment and tracking of police department resources in response to citizen and police generated calls-for-service.

 Why was CAD chosen as the data source forCrimeReports.com? While some agencies furnish data to the public for only those select incidents in which a report was created or an arrest was made, CrimeReports.com offers a broader view of police-community contacts based on calls-for-service. It is important to note that there may be multiple calls for a single incident in the CAD system (as compared to official crime statistics where each count represents one incident). Also, please keep in mind that CAD calls-for-service 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 60 days of data online. Occasionally, due to scheduled maintenance or general system failure, the uploading of data may be delayed. These types of situations will be rare and should not cause any major inconvenience.

 Will the service provide detailed information relating to how a crime was committed, who was involved or victim information? No, the service will not provide detailed information related to how a crime was committed, who was involved or any victim information. The information provided will only allow users to get a general sense of the types of calls-for-service that have been generated through the CAD system, the volume of calls-for-service received and the classification of those calls. To ensure that victim, witness or suspect information is not compromised, calls are mapped depicting only the general block number of the incident, as opposed to a specific address (e.g., 2400 Lee St instead of 2413 Lee St.)

  Are there any issues I should keep in mind when checking CrimeReports.com data? CrimeReports.com utilizes Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) calls-for-service data. CAD event type data is NOT the same as reported crime data. Official crime statistics are maintained by the MCPD and routinely submitted to the FBI Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) program.

There may be more than one call-for-service for any given event within the data displayed (e.g., several observers may call 911 after witnessing a motor vehicle accident, disturbance or serious criminal incident). Finally, CAD calls-for-service do not always equate to a criminal incident resulting in a report or arrest.

 What are the minimum Browser requirements to use CrimeReports.com website? 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.

Who can I contact if I have trouble using the CrimeReports.com website? Go to http://www.crimereports.com/company/contact


Does CrimeReports.com have a 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

 
Last edited: 3/26/2008