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Berkeley sheriff rolls out new online crime tracking site

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BERKELEY COUNTY, S.C. (WCIV) – The Berkeley County Sheriff's Office  launched this week an on-line crime map called RAIDS On-Line that maps and analyzes crime data, alerts citizens about crimes in their area and allows deputies to alert the public.

"It gives us a better way of doing our business," said Capt. Melissa Blanchard, who has spearheaded the Sheriff's Office partnership with BAIR. 

She added that it will be another crime prevention tool for the sheriff's office. 

"For residents it provides a snapshot of serious crimes in their neighborhood," she said. "If something is going on in your area you don't have to wait for that monthly meeting at your neighborhood crime watch when you come together. You know about it everyday."

Blanchard said the sheriff's office's goal is to increase awareness of crimes in the county's many communities. Residents also have the ability sign up to receive e-mail alerts about crimes happening in their areas.

"The sheriff is trying to do everything he can to get the community engaged and keeping an eye on their neighborhoods," Blanchard said.  "Hopefully this raises their awareness and gets them looking out for possible future crimes in their communities."

The Berkeley County Sheriff's Office partnered with BAIR Analytics to roll out the new website.

"The Berkeley County Sheriff's Office's participation in RAIDS On-Line highlights their commitment to proactive communication with the public they serve," said Sean Bair, founder of BAIR Analytics. "We're excited to partner with the Sheriff's Office to provide this free service for their public." 

The information being recorded by the site will also help improve officer awareness and accountability, Blanchard said, by allowing deputies to check to see what has happened in their areas while they were off duty.  

The RAIDS site also gives the Sheriff's Office a new tool to analyze crime trends and determine how best to use its patrol and investigative resources. Officials said that locations listed on the site are rounded to the hundred block address level to protect victim confidentiality. 

Anyone can visit Berkeley County's crime map at: http://www.raidsonline.com/?address=BerkeleyCounty,%20SC

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