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HCSO reveals new crime tracking website tool

Keeping an eye on your community

The Haywood County Sheriff’s Office and BAIR Analytics Inc. have partnered to offer a new way for the citizens of Haywood County to stay informed about crime happening near them. The HCSO website now has an online crime map called RAIDS Online that maps and analyzes crime data so website visitors can check what crimes have happened nearby. Website users will also have the ability to send anonymous tips.

“Citizens want to see what crimes are happening in or near their neighborhood,” said Sergeant Matt Shell. “Another example would be the people who want to relocate here. When choosing a neighborhood, they want to see what is going on in that area.”

Sergeant Shell added that the new web feature will allow law enforcement officers to track crime trends, allowing them to better utilize resources over time.

RAIDS Online automatically syncs with the HCSO records system to keep crime information updated online and on a mobile App. Crimes that occur will be updated on the website by 5 a.m. the following morning and site users can look through data as far back as a full year.

RAIDS Online searches and geocodes the crime data then displays all of the incidents (with few exceptions) including the type of crime, street on which the crime occurred, and a time and date associated with the crime committed. Users can simply select the type of crime they are interested in tracking from a checklist or choose to track everything listed.

It is important to note that the only crime records that will be uploaded are those that occurred in the Haywood County Sheriff’s Office jurisdiction. Incidents that have happened in the city limits of the four municipalities of Haywood County will not be available.