Know your resources: What is the Bomb Arson Tracking System?

From the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

What is BATS?
The Bomb Arson Tracking System (BATS) is a web-based case management system which provides you, State and local arson & explosives investigators, access to up-to-date arson and explosives investigative data from across the nation. Unlike anything you may currently use, it’s not just limited to your local jurisdiction or state. BATS provides you access to national arson and explosives incident information.


How Does BATS Work?
BATS is a secure, user friendly, web-based computer application. All you need is a browser and an Internet connection to use it. BATS is available to you around the clock. The BATS interface is easy to use; you enter case information into clearly identified data entry fields, and easily click dropdown menu selections. You can share your arson and explosives incidents with other BATS users across the country, and you can search and analyze national data to discover trends, patterns, and leads. You can also use BATS to create a variety of reports customized to your needs, and track and report incidents to justify budget requests.

BATS Features and Benefits
BATS is the future of arson and explosives case data management.

  • BATS is the only system designed to capture this information and share it with police officers, bomb technicians, and fire investigators across the nation.
  • BATS is web-based, available around the clock.
  • BATS contains powerful tools for trend analysis and searching for similarities in motives, device components, and potential suspects.
  • BATS delivers up-to-date arson and explosives advisories.
  • BATS contains an Investigative Resources Library featuring an array of documents related to arson/explosives investigations and prosecutions.
  • BATS is loaded with features designed to meet the specific needs of your arson and explosives investigative community.
  • BATS users can easily transfer their information to/from their existing records management system.
  • Without BATS, you’ll spend hours manually writing your reports. However with BATS, you’ll be amazed how easily you can “point & click” to create a variety of custom reports such as those needed to justify your budget and keep track of your investigations.
  • BATS is continually updated in response to your needs, concerns and requests. Over 70% of the testers for the latest version were state/local bomb technicians & fire investigators.
  • ATF and the USBDC provide BATS to you at no cost.

BATS was developed by you and for you. You run BATS! The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the United States Bomb Data Center (USBDC) simply keep it running. BATS is the first place you should go during your arson and explosives investigation. Without it, you’ll waste precious time trying to locate other cases containing similar characteristics. But with BATS, this information is available with the click of the mouse.