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Halifax Regional Police and Halifax District RCMP launched the HRM Crime Mapping site to provide citizens with contextual and timely information about crime in the areas where they live, work and play.
HRM Crime Mapping is an interactive site which is updated daily at 12:15 a.m. with incidents of five specific crime types:
These crime types were selected given that citizens can take steps to protect themselves from becoming a victim if armed with information about what’s happening in our community.
HRM Crime Mapping allows citizens to view the selected crime types one at a time, several at a time or altogether by three different time frames – yesterday, the past four days and the past week. It also allows citizens to search crime types by street name or community. To ensure people’s privacy, crimes are plotted on the mid-point of the closest block and are not associated with any specific civic address.
What is Crime Mapping?
HRM Crime Mapping is an online tool that provides citizens with recent information on crime that’s occurring in our community. HRM Partners in Policing are mapping five specific crime types – robberies, assaults, break and enters, theft of vehicles and theft from vehicles. These crime types were selected given that citizens can take steps to protect themselves from becoming a victim of them if armed with information about what’s happening in their community.
Where does the crime data come from?
The data will be generated from the integrated police system, Versedex, and will reflect the specific calls for service that have been closed within the 24-hour period.
What types of crimes will be displayed?
HRM Partners in Policing are mapping five specific crime types – robberies, assaults, break and enters, theft of vehicles and theft from vehicles.
What special features are available with Crime Mapping?
Citizens will have access to crime prevention tips for each of the crimes that are currently being mapped on the site.
Will the site be updated on evening and weekends?
Yes, the site will be automatically updated daily at 12:15 a.m. every day of the year.
What time frame can be searched?
HRM Crime Mapping allows citizens to view the selected crime types one at a time, several at a time or altogether by three different time frames – yesterday, the past four days and the past week. They can search by street name or community.
Why do you think providing this information to the public is helpful?
Police hope that by providing this information to the public they will become more engaged in what is happening in their community. Ultimately this may help police reduce the number of crimes that occur or may assist police in solving these crimes.
How much did the project cost?
The project entailed minimal software costs and employee time given that we leveraged existing technology from Naples, Florida to create HRM Crime Mapping.
Why are the police launching Crime Mapping now?
As a result of the Roundtable on Violence, citizens requested more contextual and timely information on crime in our community so they can make informed decisions about their own safety. The former HRM Public Safety Officer undertook research and brought the project forward. A former member of the HRM Board of Police Commissioners also brought the idea forward, however, it was already under implementation at that time. Since then, we have been working to get the tool up and running.
Do you any concerns that this level of information in the public will create more fear of crime in HRM?
Our goal with the mapping tool is to raise awareness among the public about the types of crimes that are occurring and engage citizens in ways they can help reduce or prevent it. It is not just about the numbers because without context numbers can be concerning. It is about knowing what is really occurring and what you are a citizen can do to prevent it.
Why are violent crimes not being mapped?
Robberies, assaults, break and enters, thefts of vehicles and thefts from vehicles were selected because citizens can take steps to protect themselves from becoming a victim if armed with information about what’s happening in their community. These crimes also impact the most number of people in our community.
If citizens have information about crimes occurring on their street or in their neighbourhood, who can they contact?
For Halifax Regional Police citizens can contact their Divisional Commander and for RCMP they can contact the Detachment Commander.
By mapping crimes, are you jeopardizing the safety or privacy of victims?
Crimes are plotted on the mid-point of the closest block and are not associated with any specific civic address so as to uphold privacy laws.
Some crime mapping sites offer email alerts when the system is updated? Is this feature available with this site?
This isn’t a feature we offer since our system is updated daily at 12:15 a.m. We encourage you to visit the site daily to learn about crimes occurring in the areas where they live, work and play.
Will the police issue more news releases on incidents given that more information is available on the crime mapping site?
At this point, we don’t see the number of news releases increasing. If there is a crime trend where there are a number of incidents in a specific area (e.g. numerous break and enters), then police will issue a news release and post this information to social media as we have always done to alert the public to what is occurring in their area and share crime prevention tips.
Why isn’t more information available regarding the specifics of the crime and the outcome of police actions?
At this point, we’re providing information about five specific crime types and the street on which they have occurred so that citizens are aware of what’s happening in their community with the hope they can help solve crime and/or prevent future crimes.