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To further community awareness and improve accessibility to police services occurring in the community, the City of Roanoke Police Department has merged geographic information systems technology with police records management data to facilitate user-friendly public accessibility through the Roanoke Police internet website, www.roanokeva.gov/police

The Roanoke Police Department cautions against using records management data to make decisions or to make comparisons regarding the safety of a given area. When reviewing the data the following factors should be considered:
  • The data represents only a portion of the records management system (RMS) incident types.
  • For both technical reasons and the need to protect certain types of police information, the number of incidents identified within the geographic system may not reflect the total number of incidents for the area. Incident addresses in the data have been generalized to the hundred block level to avoid the conveyance of actual incident location and addresses.
  • This data can be reviewed and discussed as part of coordinated (crime) prevention initiatives to support and improve community awareness and safety. Members of the community are encouraged to continue partnering and problem solving with the Roanoke Police Department to support police-community goals and objectives.
  • The data can be used to measure changes in the level and types of incidents when comparing different time periods to the same geographic area. The Roanoke Police Department discourages data users from performing comparative analysis between different areas of the city based solely on the information provided by the records management data. This geographic information system does not provide a comparative analysis tool. Areas vary in size, population and density, making such comparisons difficult. Also, unknown addresses of incidents may have a default address of the Roanoke Police Department.
  • The data will sometimes indicate where an incident was reported or used as a reference point versus where the incident occurred.
  • The data includes incidents within the following categories:
Agency CrimetypeCrime Reports Category
ArsonArson
Aggravated AssaultAssault w/ Deadly Weapon
Burglary/Breaking & EnteringBreaking & Entering
Murder/Nonnegligent ManslaughterHomicide
RobberyRobbery
ShopliftingTheft
All Other LarcenyTheft
Pocket PickingTheft
Purse SnatchingTheft
Theft From Coin-Operated Machine or DeviceTheft
Theft From BuildingTheft
Theft From Motor VehicleTheft from Vehicle
Theft of Motor Vehicle Parts or AccessoriesTheft from Vehicle
Motor Vehicle TheftTheft of Vehicle
  • The data provided is subject to change for a variety of reasons, including the reporting timeframe, reclassification of incidents based on offense types, and other factors.
  • During any data range search a maximum limit of 500 records are displayed.

The Roanoke Police Department does not assume liability and is not responsible for any liability whatsoever for any omissions, or inaccuracies in the data and information provided, regardless of how caused. Furthermore, in no event will the Roanoke Police Department be liable for any loss or damage, including without limitation, indirect or consequential loss or damage, or any loss or damage whatsoever arising from loss of data or profits arising out of, or in connection with, the direct or indirect use of these pages. The Roanoke Police Department will not be responsible for the direct or indirect use of, or the results obtained from the direct or indirect use of this information or data. The Roanoke Police Department shall assume no liability for any decisions made or actions taken or not taken by the user of the website in reliance upon any information or data furnished hereunder. Any use of the information or data for commercial purposes is strictly prohibited.

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