How to obtain Crime Alerts:
Citizens can recieve crime alerts through either:
An e-mail subscription to the Neighborhood Watch alert communications. To sign up, click here.
Citizens can subscribe to crime mapping.com to receives crime alerts when new crimes occur near a specific address. To sign up for crime alert e-mails, click here.
Overview of Crimemapping.com
This is a web-based crime map of the City of Ann Arbor. This allows residents to map out reported, verified criminal activity near any address, select crime types, date ranges and generate reports. For more information about Ann Arbor crime maps, visit www.crimemapping.com/map/mi/annarbor.
CrimeMapping.com pulls incident data every 24 hours from the Ann Arbor police records management system.
Citizens can subscribe to Crime Alerts and receive e-mail updates when new crimes occur near a specific address. To sign up for crime alert e-mails, click here.
Only crimes that have completed a review and approval process are displayed. Cases under review are excluded from the daily updates.
The site uses ESRI technology to locate each event before posting it, to ensure data integrity and accuracy. Ann Arbor crime data will be available to map on this site from the previous six months.
Getting Started on Crimemapping.com
To view Ann Arbor crimes only, go to the "agency" tab and select "show only crime reported by"
Learn more about the site tools and resources by watching a brief tutorial about CrimeMapping.com on YouTube. Click here.
Crime mapping is one tool used to alert officers, detectives, and analysts of crime patterns or trends in their jurisdictions. The "randomness" of crimes and/or criminal behavior, makes it difficult to track, detect or predict exact patterns in most incidents. Then once a pattern or trend has been detected it may be possible to make inferences into where future crimes of similar nature are "likely" to occur.
Purpose of Crime Mapping:
Being able to predict where crime may occur before it occurs provides an advantage for law enforcement officers. The human element in crime is much harder to predict and identify than that of reducing or eliminating the opportunity for said crimes. What does this mean for the public?
Having knowledge of the crimes and patterns of crimes in your neighborhoods not only provides you with factual data, but arms you with the knowledge and awareness of how to better protect yourselves. Often- times, you are only made aware of crimes by what you read in the newspaper, see on the news, or from the gossip you hear in and around your neighborhoods. More often than not, this information has been filtered or altered by the time it gets to you.
Viewing crime data in near real-time will allow you to see what is going on when it is going on around you. Knowledge is power, and arming our residents with the power to help protect yourselves is a win-win situation for everyone involved. A knowledgeable, more aware resident, is a key asset and partner for all law enforcement officials.
Timeliness of information is always an issue involved with fighting crime. Too often, we become aware of crime only after the victim discovers the crime and reports it to the police. Our goal is to alert the public so they may take the necessary steps to prevent being victimized. One example of this may be:
Making you aware that someone is breaking into cars in your neighborhood may prompt you to take the extra step to lock your car doors, turn on your outside lights, or park your car inside your garage to avoid becoming victimized.
The crime mapping addition to our Web site is a work in progress and will be adjusted as necessary in order to provide you with the most useful application possible. Different versions of maps are being explored frequently and are subject to change without notice. We are working on the most efficient way to provide you with the information you need including dates and times for the offenses.
Each map will have a legend detailing the types of crimes included on the map; it will also show the range of dates selected for the crime data. Dates and times for each specific crime (s) will be added either to the map as a visible layer, or on a separate spreadsheet. Too much information on a large site map can overcrowd the map and distort the information. Residential parcels, buildings, addresses, and smaller residential streets are not currently displayed on this application for this reason.