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CrimeReports.com
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The Buffalo Police Department has partnered with CrimeReports.com to provide Buffalo's residents and non-residents with timely crime report data in the City of Buffalo.

Buffalo police are investigating reports of the crimes listed on the CrimeReports.com site which were reported in the past. It is important to note that this is very preliminary information and further investigation as to the facts and circumstances of such reports may be necessary.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is CrimeReports.com?
CrimeReports.com provides law enforcement agencies with an affordable and easy-to-use Web-based service for managing and controlling the sharing of crime data with the public, in near real-time. Community members can then access their neighborhood crime information for free, empowering them to make informed decisions to help improve the safety of their families, friends, property and the community at large. Back to the top.

What is a crime report?
When law enforcement officers respond to a crime, a report is made and kept on file for future reference. Crime reports are public records. CrimeReports.com lets law enforcement agencies manage which types of crime reports (and which details on a report) are shown to the public. Back to the top.

How often is the data updated?
Law enforcement agencies control how often CrimeReports.com data is automatically updated. Most agencies choose to update the data daily. Back to the top.

How does CrimeReports.com work?
Participating law enforcement agencies publish local crime incident data in near real-time to CrimeReports.com, converting raw crime data into easily accessible, actionable information for community members. Back to the top.

How can users access crime information for their areas of interest?
CrimeReports.com is a community-facing Web application, and as such, emphasizes the user experience. A CrimeReports.com user simply enters an address of interest (home, office, school, etc.) and clicks on "Get Report" to see criminal activity in a given area on an easy-to-use map interface. The CrimeReports.com Web application also integrates data from multiple agencies into a single interface and offers automated, location-based alerting services. Back to the top.

How do you gather crime data?
We partner with local law enforcement agencies, enabling these agencies to manage and publish crime information for their jurisdictions. We also pull data from local, state and federal agencies' sources to provide public information to communities throughout the United States, including the Sex Offender Registry in many states. We feel that this type of information should be available to everyone in an easy-to-use, convenient location. Back to the top.

What information is available?
CrimeReports enables participating law enforcement agencies to manage and control their own data and determine what information they deem appropriate to share with the public. However, we categorize crime incidents into 15 general crime type categories and 21 subcategories of crime and calls for service activity, including:

  • Assault: Assault, Assault w/ Deadly Weapon
  • Breaking & Entering
  • Homicide
  • Proactive Policing: Community Policing, Pedestrian Stop, Vehicle Stop
  • Property Crime: Property Crime, Property Crime Commercial, Property Crime Residential
  • Quality of Life: Disorder, Liquor, Drugs
  • Registered Sex Offenders
  • Robbery (Violent)
  • Sex Offense: Sexual Assault, Other Sexual Offense
  • Theft
  • Traffic
  • Theft from Vehicle
  • Vehicle Recovery
  • Theft of Vehicle
  • Other: Alarm, Arson, Death, Family Offense, Kidnapping, Missing Person, Weapons Offense, Other

Each of these terms is searchable on its own, allowing the user to determine what type of criminal activity they would like to be informed of, as long as the law enforcement agency is providing that information to community members. Back to the top.

How do you keep victim information private?
Law enforcement agencies remove victim identification as part of the data publishing process. In addition, we help protect victim identities by converting the exact street addresses to the "block level". For example, the address "1486 Lincoln Avenue" would be mapped and displayed as "1400 block of Lincoln Avenue." Back to the top.