WARREN, Ohio (WYTV) – Warren’s police chief has fulfilled a promise to allow the public access to search for crime statistics, joining 13 other police departments in Ohio that use a service that can be accessed from home or even a smartphone.
The Warren Police Department went online two weeks ago with RAIDS Online, which is a free app that gathers crime data from the city.
“You can put in an address, it will give you specifics to that address. You can search just for robberies or only for break-ins,” Warren Police Sgt. Geoffrey Fusco said.
The app itself is pretty easy to operate. Reporter Jeff Levkulich was at a home on Eastland Avenue Thursday afternoon that is up for sale. The app automatically pinpointed his location and listed every crime that has happened around the home, from break-ins to burglaries to petty theft.
Realtors said the app is perfect for potential home buyers. Karen Neopolitan with Howard Hanna said they are not allowed to disclose crimes statistics.
“First of all, we don’t know what your opinion is of safe and second of all, we are not allowed due to unfair housing laws and due to we don’t want to steer anybody to a particular neighborhood or away from a particular neighborhood,” Neapolitan said.
Fusco said they are still working out the bugs. Not everything is online right now and the department does not plan to put service calls online, only incident reports.