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CrimeReports is a collection of law enforcement agencies committed to transparency, public access, and citizen engagement. The Niagara Regional Police Service recognizes the value of sharing information on community safety and security. We are committed to innovative and responsive community policing which is why we are providing public access to NPRS Crime Reports. Crime mapping provides neigbourhoods with valuable information about recent crime activity and therefore the ability to be more vigilant and implement crime awareness and prevention efforts in their homes, workplaces and community.

  • The data is intended for review and discussions as part of coordinated crime prevention initiatives to support and improve community awareness and safety.  
  • These are incidents requiring police presence. 
  • Incident addresses in the data have been generalized to a cross street(s) and/or the 100-block level to prevent the disclosure of actual incident location and addresses. Data visualization on a cross street(s) and/or the 100-block geographic system should be considered approximate and an attempt to derive specific addresses is strictly prohibited.
  • Densely populated areas with a high volume of foot traffic may have more reported incidents. This does not necessarily mean that more crime occurs in the area.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q - Where does the data on CrimeReports come from?
  • A - The data comes from the Niagara Regional Police Service.

 

  • Q - The data does not appear to be up to date, what's happening?

  • A - The information provided is not in real time.  There is a natural 2-3 delay in processing information.  The delay is due to the technical data management and to protect victims , witnesses and the integrity of police investigations.

 

  • Q - Why aren't there any crime details within the incident reports?

  •  A - The purpose of Crime Reports is to give citizens a snapshot in time of the incidents police responded to in their neighbourhoods.  The purpose is not to identify persons or specific locations nor is it to reveal specific criminal information but to provide a general overview.

 

  • Q - I checked the 'Show Registered Sex Offenders' box in the filter section but it didn't show anything.  Why?
  • A - Information on Sex Offenders is not displayed in Canada. The Information Privacy Commissiner has approved the release of some information from the Ontario Sex Offender Registry (OSOR); specifically, the total number of registered sex offenders residing in a geographic area, identified by the first three digits of a postal code. Anyone wishing to access the geographic distribution numbers will have to file an FOI request with the OSOR (1-705-529-7474).