RAIDS Online, an interactive crime map website, is now available for residents of Fort Bend County.
Through RAIDS Online, the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office now has a website geared solely to help residents in the unincorporated areas of the county to track crime in their neighborhoods.
Funding for the website was provided through a grant that benefitted several law enforcement agencies in the county.
Chief Deputy Craig Brady said the website will be one more tool residents can use to fight crime.
“Citizens can see and interact with a crime map that displays the crimes within the sheriff’s office’s jurisdiction,” Brady said. “They also can be alerted when a crime happens or when crimes happen within a radius of their residence or workplace.”
The new website also will allow users to learn when crimes occur, where they occur and what types of crimes are being committed. By switching to the “analytics” tab, Fort Bend residents can view such information as day of the week and time of day when crimes occur.
“Citizens also can report information about a certain crime anonymously to the sheriff’s office,” said Brady. “They will be prompted to complete a form that will in turn be sent to the sheriff’s office.”
Residents can learn about each of the features of RAIDS by clicking on the “help” button. Inside, Bair Analytics, which developed and operates the system across the nation, has provided a detailed description of each feature.
Residents who are moving to a new location within the county can research different areas. They can also investigate crimes that are happening near and around the places where they live or work.
The website allows the user to set date ranges for searches. Crime history dating back to 2005 is available online.
The system can be viewed at raidsonline.com, or a link is available on the Fort Bend County website, www.co.fort-bend.tx.us, under the “criminal statistics” link on the sheriff’s office site. The link is “Bair Analytical/RaidsOnline.”
Once on the RAIDS Online site, click on Texas and the communities participating will be available to the user. Fort Bend County is fifth on the list.