Merced Police Department Keeps the Public Informed
The Merced Police Department has a new tool that will help residents stay informed and help fight crime in their neighborhoods. The interactive website, CrimeMapping.com, hosted by The Omega Group, went live at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, September 28, 2010.
The site allows users to view crime activity near their home, near their work, or even near their child’s school. People can view crime activity on the map as well as create simple reports and charts. CrimeMapping.com also includes an email based crime alert service that allows users to subscribe to receive reports via email regarding crime near their location of choice. There is no charge to view the maps, charts, reports, or to receive the Crime Alerts.
“We received nearly 100 requests this year alone from citizens wanting crime information,” said Police Chief Norm Andrade. “During the summer alone, our crime analyst received several requests from incoming UC Merced students and parents looking for safe areas to live. This website will give them instant access to the information that they seek to determine what’s safe or not safe to their standards. With citizens using this website, it also frees up time for our personnel to do other tasks.” The daily uploading of data is completely automated and requires little if any hands-on maintenance.
Crime records are uploaded one time each day directly from the Department’s records management system. The Merced Police Department is able to display on average fifty percent of its daily incidents into the fifteen crime categories offered by CrimeMapping.com including arson, assault, robbery, disturbances, drug/narcotic, drunk driving, fraud, homicide, auto theft, theft, sex crimes, burglary, vandalism, auto burglary, and weapon. Ninety days of crime information will always be available for viewing. The data can also be filtered down to a certain time period, near a certain address, or even for only specific crime types.
The Merced Police Department values transparency in its partnership with the community and believes in keeping the community well-informed. CrimeMapping.com allows the City to accomplish both. Community policing is a proven method for crime prevention and crime reduction and the website empowers City residents to become additional eyes and ears for their neighborhoods.
“CrimeMapping.com will be an additional and effective tool in our efforts to improve and expand our Neighborhood Watch Group program,” says Lieutenant Andre Matthews who is the Department’s coordinator of the program. “The service provides our residents with quick and easy access to crime in their neighborhood.”
The Merced Police Department is using grant funds awarded through the 2009 American Recovery & Reinvestment Act to fund the annual subscription cost of $1,200.
The Merced Police Department encourages people to first visit the Department’s webpage at www.cityofmerced.org/depts/police to get additional information regarding CrimeMapping.com. A basic instruction guide will be provided as well as a link to a training video. Disclaimer information regarding the crime data will also be stated. After a citizen’s initial visit to CrimeMapping.com, they will be able to bookmark the page for quick access to it for future uses.
CrimeMapping.com is hosted by The Omega Group and uses esri’s geographic engine in providing accurate mapping capabilities. esri’s powerful mapping engine is then used to process the records to display on the map. The Merced Police Department will be the fifty-fourth law enforcement agency in California using the service and the only agency along the I-5/Hwy 99 Corridor between Sacramento and Burbank.
The combination of esri’s software and the Department’s automated daily upload of data provides accurate and timely crime data to the website. The Omega Group has been assisting law enforcement since 1992 and their goal is to improve public safety through the use of technology. CrimeMapping.com has been featured in USA Today and the Wall Street Journal. More information about The Omega Group can be found at www.theomegagroup.com.
Additional information about this free service being provided by the Merced Police Department is available by contacting Lance Eber.
Click here for an Instructional Guide for Crimemapping.com or scroll to the bottom.
Instructional Video for CrimeMapping.com
CrimeMapping.com is an overview of designated crimes within Merced's city limits. Information shown is for the past ninety days and is updated one time each day. Note that this is a representation of crime and is not all-inclusive. At least 80% of the total incidents can be geographically represented on the map. Parcel specific information is not provided.
Disclaimers: The crime map represents statistics by geographic area for reported crimes as compiled by the Merced Police Department. The data represented is a snapshot of the number of categorized incidents as recorded at the moment of data upload. The information may not always reflect changes to individual incidents/cases if the changes were made after data upload. The original data source is dynamic and is therefore constantly changing, so information may differ from day to day.
The Merced Police Department is not responsible for misinterpretation of this information and makes no inference or judgment as to the relative safety of any particular area or neighborhood.
Information in the map is collected, maintained, prepared and provided for general inquiries only. The data layers contained herein are intended to be representational only and are not to be construed as legal documentation. By accepting and using this map, user acknowledges and agrees that the data layers contained in the map are under continuous development subject to constant change without notice, thus their accuracy cannot be guaranteed or relied upon. In providing the data layers for the convenience of the reader, the City of Merced expressly declines any duty or obligation to update the data layers or information contained in the map, or to notify any user of any changes or updates.
Under no circumstances shall the City of Merced be liable for any actions taken or omissions made from reliance on any information or maps contained herein from whatever source, nor shall the City be liable for any special, indirect, or consequential damages or any damages whatsoever resulting from loss of use, data, or profits, whether in an action of contract, negligence, or other action arising out of or in connection with the use of the information or maps provided herein. Official information concerning specific parcels should be obtained from recorded maps and/or documents adopted by the City Council.
CrimeMapping.com is a public resource of general information. CrimeMapping.com does not make any warranty, representation or guarantee as to the content, sequence, accuracy, timeliness or completeness of any of the database information provided herein for any reason. All aspects of the data provided herein are susceptible to a degree of error due to the complexities of the process involved in compiling and programming the data.
All materials contained on this site are distributed and transmitted "AS IS" without warranties of any kind, either express or implied including without limitation, warranties of title or implied warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. In no event shall CrimeMapping.com or its member agencies become liable to users of these data for any loss or damages, consequential or otherwise, including but not limited to time, money, or goodwill, arising from the use, operation or modification of the data. The visual presentation of data is being provided strictly as a courtesy and not as an obligation to its readers. CrimeMapping.com and its member agencies do not have the available staff to assist in the interpretation of the data presented herein.
CrimeMapping.com should not be relied upon for emergency services and is in no way designed to serve as an alternative to emergency services provided by the 911 emergency telephone service. If you have an emergency or important time-sensitive crime information, please communicate this information to the appropriate law enforcement agency within your jurisdiction through the 911 emergency telephone service.
All data contained on this site has been gathered through legitimate means and with the knowledge and approval of the agencies listed. All data has been extracted, processed and presented through appropriate channels. No information contained on CrimeMapping.com has been garnered by data scraping or other such inappropriate means.
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