The press offices of all the police headquarters in Germany are being automatically scanned for reports several times a day. Additionally, more sources such as zoll.de (customs) are used. Furthermore, dozens of entries from voluntary external supporters are reaching us every day. The data is being checked for duplicates and forwarded to the next step.
All automatically collected reports are being checked for specific relevant key words (for example: refugee, immigrant, asylum, Iraq, Syria, etc.). Only reports that include one direct hit at least will be forwarded. All the others are already being sorted out at this point. Entries from supporters are not included in this filtering as these have already been categorised as relevant by the sender.
At this step our team checks each report individually. At first it is ascertained if this actually is a matter of crime with the involvement of refugees resp. immigrants. If so, the report is read intently in order to get an idea of the circumstances of the crime. Then the report is being classified by extracting the following facts: Circumstances of the crime, crime scene (address), date, nationality of perpetrator, age and gender of perpetrator and victim, type of crime, call for witnesses and public interest. Following this the reviser marks the report as examined and continues with the next report in the same way.
After the manual process a few automatic steps are next up. At first, GPS-coordinates of the listed address of the crime scene are located. Then the original website is archived through archive.is. If someone intends to "disperse" a report the archived copy will remain accessable. Finally, infographics are generated automatically from the data and published in social media.
Now the crime is fully processed and is going to be marked in the database accordingly. So far we have examined 33.980 reports this way where 20.837 out of them described relevant crimes. 11.025 more reports are still on the waiting list. If you like those reports also to find their way into the public fastest possible please join our team! You find further information here: Join us
At the last step a small part of the daily recorded crimes is published via our social media channels. At that we confine ourselves to those cases we attribute the highest public interest to. On our website on the other hand all evaluated crimes are published of course. We are currently active on the following social networks: Twitter, Facebook, VK and Youtube. If you know of a platform where we should be represented please tell us.