COLUMBIA — Most government records are open to the public at no charge. These records give citizens the opportunity to find out what's going on, how their elected officials are spending tax dollars, how the various departments within a governmental entity work and other valuable information needed to make strong decisions for the future. Each week, the Missourian highlights a government record that is available to the public.
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The records: A public crime map compiled by BAIR Analytics compiled with data collected from law enforcement agencies.
Why you'd want them: The site allows users to view crime reports in certain areas of the city. It has the ability to send neighborhood watch alerts to mobile phones summarizing the crimes reported in a specific period of time.
Where you get the records: Go to http://raidsonline.com/ and click on the Missouri, then select Columbia from the list of cities. The site will show crime reports for the city of Columbia or allow users to search a specific address.
How much it will cost: The information is free.