Map shows where crime is occurring

Published 2:30 pm Friday, July 31, 2015

By Abby Proch
Staff writer

The Isle of Wight Sheriff’s Office has debuted a new tool to keep residents informed of neighborhood crime.

Last week, the Sheriff’s Office invited residents to access a crime map that illustrates where crime occurs in Isle of Wight County.

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The website, called RAIDS Online and run by Bair Analytics, displays a map where users can see where crime happened in Isle of Wight County during a given period.

The interface allows users to filter the crimes by date range, as well as the type of crimes. {mprestriction ids=”1,2,3,4,5,6″}

A colored icon appears at each location on the map where an incident took place.

When clicked, the icon opens a textbox that gives the type of crime, date, time and address.

It does not include victims’ or suspects name. It also veils the specific address by only giving the block number.

The Sheriff’s Office does not upload sexual assault or sexual offense data to the website to preserve the identity of the victims.

As of July 6, the Sheriff’s Office had uploaded over 5,000 records ranging from January 2012 until the present.

The website does not include any data from the Smithfield and Windsor police departments.

However, users can view crime data for other Hampton Roads law enforcement agencies, including Portsmouth and Newport News, and throughout the United States.

The Isle of Wight crime map can be accessed by going to Click Virginia on the map and then select “Isle of Wight.”{/mprestriction}