Sheriff’s Office launches crime mapping

The Scotland County Sheriff’s Office has stepped up efforts to provide an innovative way to keep residents up-to-date on illegal activity and crime in their community.

Regional Analysis and Information Sharing, RAIDS Online, has been launched.

This program is just another innovative resource that we have tapped into in order to make things more convenient for our community.

By visiting, citizens can type in an address and view a map and grid with all of the crimes in their area, sign up for neighborhood watch reports that automatically email a breakdown of recent crime activity and submit an anonymous tip about a crime directly to law enforcement. This tool analyzes crime data and allows the sheriff’s office to quickly alert the public about crimes as they occur, as well.

RAIDS Online automatically syncs with the Scotland County Sheriff’s Office records system to keep crime information updated online and in the mobile app. Raids Online cleans and geocodes the crime data, then displays all of the incidents on a map, grid and analytics dashboard along with some basic information about the incidents, including the type of crime, location, block-level address, date and time.

Typically, agencies can spend thousands of dollars annually through crime-mapping providers. BAIR Analytics offers RAIDS Online and the RAIDS Online mobile app as a free service to any law enforcement agency that wishes to participate. It is ad-free, and BAIR Analytics does not sell the data to third-party vendors; thus, the agencies remain in complete control over their data.

Anyone can visit the Scotland County Sheriff’s Office crime map at The RAIDS Online Mobile app is available for free on the App Store.

Ralph Kersey is sheriff of Scotland County.

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