Policing & Crime
Editor: Sarah Drummond
At the start of February, 2011, national newspapers focused on the (re)launch of the National Policing Improvement Agency's crime map, Police.uk. After the rounds were made on breakfast programmes and newspapers, asking the public for feedback, the site was bombarded with hits from the British public and around the world. More
At the start of February, 2011, national newspapers focused on the (re)launch of the National Policing Improvement Agency's crime map, Police.uk. After the rounds were made on breakfast programmes and newspapers, asking the public for feedback, the site was bombarded with hits from the British public and around the world. The Home office stated that they were receiving five million hits an hour, or some 75,000 a minute. Previous iterations received 50,000 hits a month. The figures would suggest we have a fascination with crime data, and mapping crime breeds a new kind of obsession in the media and with the public. As one BBC report pointed out, "Crime mapping brings accountability to the armchair for everyone who wants to monitor crime on their street." Or does it? This Crime and Justice section aims to discuss, document and highlight where open data is being held and used and how the public are responding to it both in civic action and sometimes with a pinch of skepticism. It will push past the government initiatives to areas where raw data has been used by the public to produce innovative applications, take action or hold their local authority to account. Other examples from around the world will be discussed to look at both positive and negative uses of open data and what this might mean for the UK. Show less ^
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Directgov project that got zxed.
You can use the Safer Streets website to tell your local council and police teams where you feel safe or unsafe in your local area and to view local safety information. It will enable you to:
Share your views on safety with local authorities, police and your community;
View information on safety initiatives provided by local agencies;
Share information which helps local agencies decide how to address safety issues;
Find out more about the work being done to tackle crime.
The following pages set out the number of offences the justice system has brought to justice in your local area and nationally over a 12 month period, as compared to the previous 12 months.
These figures have previously been published in the Criminal Justice System Performance Information bulletin.
These figures are provisional quarterly figures – the final collated national statistics are published annually in Criminal Statistics England and Wales, available on the Ministry of Justice website.
Violence includes murder, attempted murder, manslaughter and wounding. Robbery includes theft from the person. All offences covers those offences recorded by the police which are reported to the Home Office.
These figures exclude convictions for Cardiff magistrates’ court for July and August 2008 due to technical issu
PDF for download
“Who is mostly to blame for bicycle accidents: car drivers or bicyclists? The Bay Citizen’s Bike Accident Tracker 2.0 [baycitizen.org] gives access to 5 years worth of bicycle accident and collision data, which even includes information about the lighting and road conditions, the designated party at fault, or the type of parties involved (e.g. auto, bicyclist, etc.). The data about the 14,113 accidents was acquired through the California Highway Patrol, which maintains a standardized database of collisions for the whole state (in contrast to the San Francisco Police Department, who stripped out all sorts of interesting information about bike accidents before handing the data over to the Bay Citizen news organization).
The website includes an accident map and infographic charts, in addition to direct access to the raw data at hand.
Some insights from this data include how all but 4 fatal accidents appear to have occurred on roads without bike lanes, how one county seems much more dangerous than others, and that the vast majority of accidents were caused by men, regardless of being car drivers or bicyclists.
One more informative nugget: 52 percent accidents were to caused by bicyclists, at least according the police who wrote up the accident reports and sent them to the California Highway Patrol. Just 34 percent were the fault of car drivers”
“Over a period of several months we used the freedom of information act to gather statistics for racial and religiously aggravated crimes in areas where the British National Party has won council seats.
We asked police forces to provided data that mapped as closely as possible onto the electoral ward boundaries and in most cases they were able to do precisely that.”
The Home Office data makes a comprehensive and fascinating set of data. And one that it’s easy to get wrong - which is why we’ve incorporated the Home Office notes in the spreadsheet too.
We’ve extracted two of the key tables - overall recorded crime and recorded crime by police force area. There is loads more in there - is there a favourite dataset that we’ve missed?
“The New York Times released an interactive map titled Mapping Homicides in New York City [nytimes.com]. Nowadays, it is quite refreshing to see a mapping application not directly based on the Google Maps API.
The data is compiled from open-records requests and major crime reports from the New York Police Department, including most homicides, in addition to news accounts, court records and additional reporting. The map will be updated as new information becomes available. Users can filter the data by month and time of day, race/ethnicity, sex and age of the victim or the perpetrator, the weapon used, or the borough the crime happened in.
The accompanying news article suggests that New York becomes a more lethal place in the summer months, although the dominant and most important trend involving murder has been the enormous decline in killings over the last 15 years, to levels not seen since the early 1960s.”
“Crime figures are a bit of a mess - and they always have been. As Alan Travis has written, their “integrity has been regularly questioned since they were first introduced in 1857”.
So using them for political purposes is a risky business - something which may be haunting shadow home secretary Chris Grayling today. The Conservatives have been accused in a BBC investigation of distributing misleading figures on violent crime.
Official figures sent out for campaigning purposes to Tory activists in constituencies throughout England and Wales appeared to show that there had been sharp increases in violence during Labour’s time in office.
The lesson here is: ALWAYS READ THE NOTES. They’re always in small type, they’re irritating. But, you know, they’re normally kind of important. Especially note 2 of the recorded crime statistics:
The National Crime Recording Standard was introduced in April 2002. Figures before and after that date are not directly comparable.
Even for civil service speak, that is pretty clear. The National Crime Recording Standard changed a crucial element of recorded crime: instead of police officers deciding whether an incident should be recorded as a violent crime, the decision was given to the alleged victim. It had the effect of forcing up recorded violence by an estimated 35% in the first year.”
physical 3D landscape terrain models generated by datasets relating to the frequency & position of urban crimes. the precise statistics are provided by the police. each individual incident adds to the height of the model, forming a mountainous terrain. the resulting “Mountain Fear” objects do not describe an ideal other-worldly space separated from lived reality, but conversely describe in relentless detail the actuality of life on the city streets.
The live traffic camera feed provides images from 177 cameras at key sites across the Capital, showing what’s happening on London’s streets.
All images are TfL branded, have a location description, and date and time-stamp. They are refreshed at least every three minutes.
Individual feeds may be interrupted if there is a system fault or if a camera is being serviced.
Images are not captured when a camera is in use for managing traffic, when a camera is being maintained or in the event of a camera or system fault.
Some ideas for re-use include:
-Freight or delivery services could use the live feed to follow traffic traffic conditions and plan routes accordingly
-Radio stations could add a live camera feed to a traffic news page
-Organisations with staff intranets could add the traffic camera feed so people can plan t
“The slick Trulia Crime Maps [trulia.com] aims to give the masses the opportunity to understand what is “really” happening in their local neighborhood. The interactive geolocated heatmap visualizes where crimes happen most, what types of crimes those are, and when they actually happened. In addition, locals and passers-by have the opportunity to comment and discuss what is ‘actually’ going on in their environment through the online interface.
The map is now available for over 50 metro areas, and includes more than 5 million data points aggregated from more than 1,000 different sources. Neighborhood blocks are colored according to crime density: the top 5 percent of blocks with the most crimes are colored dark red, the next 5 to 10 percent in light red, and so on.
According to GigaOm, this mapping feature was made possible because of the recent acquisition of geo-data aggregation startup Movity by Trulia.”
Guardian’s scrape of stats on firearm and shutgun certificates in the UK from the home office.
“The data.gov.uk Newspaper [newspaperclub.co.uk] is a tangible prototype of a potential service targeting people who recently moved into a new area, and shows information about the area, such as local services, environmental information, crime statistics, travel times, transportation options, education and healthcare.
The current project acts as a prototype / working demonstration of the creative and original possibilities that are possible when governments would open some of the valuable datasets they have currently in their position. It also hopes to encourage some more data to get opened up to the public.”
Data shows a dramatic reduction in the number of stop and searches under terrorism legislation
The data shows a dramatic reduction in the number of stops and searches made under section 44(1) and (2) of the Terrorism Act. By dramatic we mean a 77% reduction on 2009 levels.
The Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation identifies small area concentrations of multiple deprivation across all of Scotland in a consistent way. It allows effective targeting of policies and funding where the aim is to wholly or partly tackle or take account of area concentrations of multiple deprivation.
Attempt at a map to show data. Difficult to make comparisons between deprivation/health/crime etc but good attempt and data available for download in comparative tables.
The statistics are compiled by the FBI in its annual crime statistics. The figures are not complete - there are no stats for Florida on firearm murders and the data for Illinois is incomplete. But even so it provides a detailed picture of attacks by state.
The risk of being a victim of crime has fallen by 1.1 percentage points between 2008/09 (20.4%), the baseline year for measurement of progress, and 2009/10 (19.3%), the latest year for which data is available. The Scottish Government has set a target of reducing the risk of crime by 2 percentage points by 2011.
Idea on data.gov.uk
Currently we have to use this site for CCJs http://www.trustonline.org.uk/ which is a pay service and http://www.bailii.org/ which is paid by donation service. Neither of these provides a comprehensive fully- integrated Search Engine of Public Records.
This site would be perfect for such services. You would need a redirect from http://www.hmcourts-service.gov.uk/
See where crime and anti-social behaviour is occurring.
This is an incredible tool for house hunters, tourists, parents or businesses. It’s also great if you’re just really nosey!
Using real data from the Police forces of England and Wales, Crime Map UK helps you find out about crime and anti-social behaviour in your area.
Browse the map to determine crime hot spots and safe areas. Zoom in get details of the specific crimes. See how your area compares to the national average.
The data shown in this app is provided by the National Policing Improvement Agency and is licensed under the Open Government Licence.
At the moment only Data from England and Wales is availa
Recorded crime statistics 1898 - 2001/02, broken down by year
Met Police safer contact information, including mobile and names in CSV format.
The Present: A One-Way Street
At the current time, the basic model for data processing is a “one way street”. Sources of data, such as government, publish data out into the world, where, (if we are lucky) it is processed by intermediaries such as app creators or analysts, before finally being consumed by end users1.
It is a one way street because there is no feedback loop, no sharing of data back to publishers and no sharing between intermediaries.
So what should be different?
Scrapes the Ministry of Justice prison population statistics
Who are Banjax and why are they doing this?
Banjax is a web developer based in Belfast. We specialise in high-performance web applications and data visualisation for real people. When we started this company we believed it was important to give Belfast and Northern Ireland a better experience of the web and its potential. This crime map project is the first of what we hope are many similar applications.
Where does the data come from?
The data comes from the Northern Ireland Neighbourhood Information Service (NINIS) Data Catalogue.
How’d you do them there maps, like?
NINIS publishes data, like crime, for Northern Ireland by Ward (and various other divisions), we added the data to Postgres+PostGIS database and built a map overlay for Google maps using the NINIS data and shapefiles for each ward in Northern Ireland
Crime data by month and ‘super output area’ (a sub-ward) for the London UK metropolitan pole area.
This is a scraper to process data from the United States Supreme Court website to retrieve recent cases, the dates those cases were argued, who wrote the majority opinion, and how the Justices were divided for or against the decision.
Database of speeches delivered by members of the ministry of justice
CrimeFox brings the official statistics on crime TO YOUR FINGERTIPS.
Crime statistics reports on 12 offences for all 367 local authorities in England and Wales from 2003 to 2010. Thats over 30000 data points.
Find out how safe or secure any area is before making trip.
Measures actual number of offences as-well as count weighted against the local authority population to allow easy like for like comparison between local authorities.
Compare two local authorities - side by side.
View by local authority - including individual offence rating that rates the score for that local authority against all others.
View by offence - choose an offence and view a rated list of the offence counts for all local authorities.
View by year - shows total offence counts summed up over all local authorities.
The Data Elements used in CrimeFox are sourced from
(A) The Home Office and licences under the UK Open Government Licence (OGL)
(B) The Office of national statistics under Crown Copyright
Reported personal injury road accident, casualty and vehicle data
These files provide detailed data about the circumstances of personal injury road accidents in GB between 2005 and 2009, the types of vehicles involved and the consequential casualties. The statistics relate only to personal injury accidents on public roads that are reported to the police, and subsequently recorded, using the STATS19 accident reporting form.
Very few, if any, fatal accidents do not become known to the police although it is known that a considerable proportion of non-fatal injury accidents are not reported to the police. Figures for deaths refer to persons killed immediately or who died within 30 days of the accident. This is the usual international definition, adopted by the Vienna Convention in 1968.
Details of the accidents, vehicles and casualties involved in each of the files can be linked using the “Accident_Index” field. The Longitude and Latitude data is based on WGS 1984.
Data users are required to note the following:
It is acknowledged that the Data supplied to you continues to be protected by the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. The data may be used for non-commercial research but any other re-use, for example commercial publication, would require the permission of the copyright holder.
Most documents supplied by Department for Transport will have been produced by government officials and will be Crown Copyright. Data users can find details on the arrangements for re-using Crown copyright on the Office of Public Sector Information website at: http://www.opsi.gov.uk/click-use/index.htm.
No warranty is given by the Department for Transport as to the accuracy and comprehensiveness of the Data.
The data user agrees to indemnify the Department against any actions, suits, proceedings, claims, demands, damages and costs arising from their use of the Data.
Whereabouts and reasons for Merseyside helicopter flights, data set.
Scrapes the case records for cases in the UK Supreme Court, not to be confused with the judgments given in those cases which appear in a different data set
The data for this map was obtained from the Philadelphia city maps site. That map is very good, but I wanted to open the data a bit and provide an API so other developers could build off of it. The data points are hitting a level where they are crowding up the map so it would be cool for someone to add some filtering to this interface.
by John Mertens
by David Hunt from Scraperwiki
A log of incidents that involved the Merseyside Police Helicopter and their outcome
Consultations carried out by the Ministry of Justice
Taken from Scraper Wiki
The Judicial Committee of the Privy Council (JCPC) is one of the highest courts in the United Kingdom. It is also the highest court of appeal (or court of last resort) for several independent Commonwealth countries, the UK overseas territories, and the British Crown dependencies.
Raw Philadelphia crime data on scraper wiki
Met police priorities, available for download in csv.
This scraper pulls the reported weekly crime listed in the PDFs on the NYPDs crime statistics page. These crimes include murder, robbery, rape, burglary, felony assault, larceny, and motor vehicle theft.
Interesting responses, one from current police officer;
“The reason? Garbage in, garbage out! In my force, the crimes are geolocated roughly on a creaky old computer system, sometime after the time of reporting, based on the address given at the time of reporting (this despite the fact that every Airwave radio set contains a GPS so they could geocode the crimes we visit fairly easily). Consider Anti-social behaviour in a park. You phone up to report it and are asked for the address…who knows the postcode for a park?!
So the crime is geolocated based on a postcode, then uploaded to the crime mapping site, where the geocode is further “muddled” in order to make it jump to a predetermined “centroid”.
Outcome? I know of crimes that are shown about a mile from the actual location of the crime. I found that on the second crime I looked at in a quick dip check – not an indepth search – so I guess in rural areas (where postcode areas are bigger) the problem could be far worse.
The crimes even jump over boundaries – so a crime in one county or policing area can crop up in a completely different county (just across the border). I am in favour of using data to hold the Police to account, but surely the data has to be up to the job!”
Not difficult to find but you know you have to look for it.
Scotland are further behind than England+Wales in terms of opening up, it’s pretty difficult to tell where crime is actually happening, the areas you can search are pretty wide and dense.
Data stretches back to 2003 and finishes at 2010
Freesteel on the costs of building the police.uk maps.
Interesting to see that west yorkshire police built similar point number clusters of crimes for £27,513 about two years ago.
Forty-five National Indicators enable us to track progress towards the achievement of our National Outcomes and ultimately the delivery of the Purpose.
Indicators have been chosen to show how we are progressing on the range of the Outcomes. Wherever possible we have selected Indicators that come from existing datasets to allow us to understand progress and trends over time.
The information is provided by the Department for Transport, and the first of what we hope will be many more raw data sets provided through this innovate site. At the moment it’s just one file - but it will go straight into our data wiki which should be ready very soon.
The data gives the locations (for the years 2005-2007) of accidents involving pedal cycles, causing personal injury, which were reported to the police. Are there ‘hot-spots’? Any trends over time? Could this support a “plan a safer journey” service? What about helping to draw attention to the need for road improvements? Over to you to explore some of the answers…
Further information on road accident statistics (including scope, definitions and limitations) can be found in the Road Casualties Great Britain report (2008 is the latest year available).
SafeRoute is an Android based mobile application that provides GPS enabled crime statistics and safety levels for every city in the entire United States where enough crime data to report is present. The application even takes it a step further to provide safety levels (safe, moderate, dangerous) for every zip code in select major cities. No matter where you are in the United States, as long as your Android device is GPS enabled, SafeRoute will detect exactly where you are and tell you if the area is safe, moderate, or dangerous. You then just press “Crime Details” and you will see the detailed crime stats for that city which has come directly from the FBI statistics. Want to see what other SafeRoute users are saying about a particular US city?? Just press “Comments” and you can see what others are saying or you can even leave a comment yourself. You can also learn crime statistics and safety level by touching the area on the map, using city/state drop down box, or typing in the zip code.
So the next time you go somewhere you are not familiar with, make sure you use SafeRoute to know what are heading into!!
As of now, SafeRoute only provides crime statistics and safety levels for US cities; however, a more global solution may in the near future. Stay Tuned.
This application was inspired by a move to Southern California. While struggling to learn the city, the developer quickly realized that he had no idea which cities were generally “safer” than others. Sure, he knew that the few that were frequently mentioned in popular rap songs should probably be avoided, but what about lesser known cities like Tustin? Crime Aware provides the user with two modes: search based and location based. Search based allows the user to look up any major city in CA and find detailed crime information instantly. Location based will determine the users location and provide crime information about the CA city that they are currently in. Perfect for the traveler or those unfamiliar with a new part of California.
Disclaimer: All information provided by this app is to be used for reference purposes only. This application does not provide nor intend to provide guarantees to your personal safety. Please read the “info” page in the menu for detailed information on how safety ratings were determined. All data taken from 2009 crime data reported by the FBI.
Android app to find sex offenders near you. A terrifying app from a UK perspective, we just don’t have this type of data available here.
Do you know who the sex offenders are in your neighborhood? Is your family aware of where they live? With Free Offender Locator, you have access the National Sex Offender Registry at your fingertips. Keep your family safe and informed, using GPS technology to locate all the sex offenders in your area. The free app is considered one of the best free tools for any family, mom or dad.
-Find sex offenders in your neighborhood
-Get informed with detailed records
-Receive email alerts of new activity
Find Sex Offenders
Find where offenders live in your area or near your child’s school. Our information comes from government databases so you can protect your family with the knowledge of who is in your neighborhood.
We provide more than just an offender’s name and address. With your account, you can access a complete dossier on each offender, which includes the convicted crime, a booking image, birth date, and physical profile.
Alabama Department of Public Safety - Sex Offender Registry
ALASKA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY Sex Offender/Child Kidnapper Registration Central Registry
The Arizona Department of Public Safety - Sex Offender Information
Arkansas Crime Information Center - Sex Offender Registry
The California Department of Justice - Megan’s Law
The Colorado Bureau of Investigation - Sex Offender Registration
State of Connecticut Sex Offender Registry
Connecticut Sex Offender Registry
District of Calumbia - Sex Offender Registry
FDLE Florida Sexual Offenders and Predator
Georgia Sex Offender Registry
Hawaii Criminal Justice Data Center - Online Sex Offender Search
Idaho State Police - Sex Offender Registry
Illinois Sex Offender Registration Information Website
Indiana Sex and Vioent Offender Registry
Iowa Sex Offender Registry
Kansas Bureau of Investigation Registered Offender Website
Kentucky State Police Sex/Criminal Offender Registry
Louisiana State Police - State Sex Offender and Child Predator Registry
Maine Sex Offender Registry Online Search Service
Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services - Sex Offender Registry
Massachusetts Sex Offender Registry Board
Michigan Public Sex Offender Registry
Minnesota Department of Corrections - Level 3 Predatory Offender Search
Mississippi Sex Offender Registry Search
Missouri Sex Offender Registry
Sexual or Violent Offender Registry - Montana Dept of Justice
Nebraska Sex Offender Registry
Nevada Sex Offender Registry
New Hampshire Registration of Criminal Offenders
New Jersey Sex Offender Internet Registry
New Mexico Sex Offender Registry
The Official New York State Sex Offender Registry
North Carolina Offender Registry
North Dakota Sex Offender Web Site
Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction Offender Search
Oklahoma Sex and Violent Crime Offender Registry
Oregon Sex Offender Inquiry System
Pennsylvania Megan’s Law Website
Puerto Rico Registro de Ofensores Sexuales
Rhode Island Parole Board and Sex Offender Community Notification Unit
South Carolina Sex Offender Registry
South Dakota Sex Offender Registry
Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Sex Offender Registry
Texas Sex Offender Registration Program
Utah Sex Offender Registry
Vermont CriminalL Information Center
Virginia State Police - Sex Offender and Crimes Against Minors Registry
Washington association of sheriffs & police chiefs
West Virginia Sex Offender Registry
Wisconsin Sex Offender Registry Information
Wyoming Sex Offender Registry System
Currently supports the New York City (NYPD) and Los Angeles (LAPD) districts. This app will allow you to browse precincts in different regions and download the latest crime statistics released by local authorities via the internet.
*You must have a PDF reader installed on your phone to view the statistic*
With CrimeTips, you can easily see what crimes are happening all around you. And with the tip reporter, you can anonymously send in crime tips where they will be forwarded on to the proper authorities. CrimeTips is powered by The Omega Group and CitySourced.
Description by David Kobia;
This Christmas I decided to attempt to Map Atlanta’s Crime using freely available data from the Atlanta Police Department. This was an effort to test the capabilities of our most recent release (Mogadishu), which include:
Theming and more
This installation would also be a true test of how much data the Ushahidi platform could really handle. The Atlanta metro area had about 30,000 crimes reported in 2009 alone, and the question was if we could visualize this data using our platform in a useful way. Here are some of the lessons I took away from this particular project:
There are various methods of doing this which include using the Haversine Formula, the Euclidean distance Formula, or the Manhattan Distance (also known as the Taxicab Geometry). I opted for the latter – which is not very accurate, but creates clusters at the least cost to the server. Since clusters represent a general area, absolute accuracy is not required. I also have to give credit at this point to Mika Tuupola for his good pointers derived from his experience with map clustering.
Adding other layers to the map allows you to combine and visualize multiple data sets at the same time, which can lead to interesting revelations. In this installation, I included the Atlanta PD zones, and Sex Offenders. I’ll probably be adding more layers as I gain access to the data. While working on project I came across a Batch Geocoder that is incredibly useful for making datasets mappable.
One functionality that we may have forgotten to mention regarding the Mogadishu Release, is that it gives you the ability to group related categories as illustrated above – something that was quite handy in this installation to group different types of crime.
Finally, I realized it might be important to list reports happening near a specific address and order them by distance from the point.
Please click below to view the work in progress:
Posted in Deployment, Development, Mapping Resources, Uncategorized, testing.
By David Kobia January 6, 2010
Corruption mapped around the world
Find out about policing in your area:
- Street level crimes
- Street level crimes on a map
- Which officers cover your area
- Which force you are covered by
- Find out about local police events
- Area crime stats
- Search by postcode
Please note: Statistics only cover England and Wales.
This app is not endorsed or connected with any Police force, but uses official statistics.
A red color circle signals an area with heavy social problems.
The app also shows a Crime-Index which includes incidents of injury, threat, coercion, destruction, vandalism, and non-observance of state authorities. The index should express the hazard caused by crime.
Statistics shown are taken from recent reports of local authorities.
Great write up on police.uk maps
“Let’s use burglary as an example. A citizen logs into a mapping web site and finds that her neighborhood is a hot spot for burglary. She wants to try to prevent this crime from happening at her house. What should she do? This is where online crime mapping technologies generally fall short.
To truly inform prevention, the data would have to tell her things like
1. how the burglars are typically entering the residences;
2. at what times of day; and
3. what they are stealing.”
Crime spotting app developed by Vorpalfox for Texas police.
Thoughts below on blog from cultofmac.com
“Almost 40 forces breached the terms of the Freedom of Information Act by failing to respond to detailed questions about chiefs’ pay and perks within 20 working days, the time limit set down in the legislation. Three months after requests were sent out to every force in the country, 20 have still not responded. “
Police chiefs’ basic salaries
Met Commissioner £247,194
Met Deputy Commissioner £204,075
Northern Ireland £183,954
West Midlands £172,458
South Yorks £140,847
North Wales £126,471
England and Wales Crime Map
Map of recorded offenses and crime related statistics in England and Wales.
Still a beta version, please be kind with your comments. Mail me to request new functionalities or report bugs.
Data for Scotland and Northern Ireland not available.
Combining local and national crime stats to estimate the risk at each location.
Don’t Go There is dedicated to reducing your chance of becoming a crime victim. It allows you to find the services you need, and color codes every result by risk level based on a number of local and national crime indicators.
- search locally or across the US
- movie theaters
- gas stations
- anything else
Mobile Neighborhood Crime Ratings
Uses your phone’s GPS and the FBI crime database to report local crime statistics for your location. Find out if you’re in a safe neighborhood or a high crime zone. Displays the crime rate, car theft rate, and murder rate (per 10000 citizens) for your current location.
Click for more info and find out the number of violent crimes, murders, rapes, assaults, property crimes, burglaries, larcenies, car thefts, and arsons that were reported in your current location, or enter a zip code or city to search for other locations in the US.
A website built similarly to police.uk using the data in one night.
A summary report bringing together statistics produced by a range of agencies relating to the experience of women within the criminal justice system.
The publication fulfils a statutory obligation for the Secretary of State to publish information relating to the criminal justice system with reference to avoiding discrimination on the ground of sex.
Example of data sets;
Most taken from Northern Ireland Crime Survey
Experience Of Crime 2010
Anti-Social Behaviour Incidents 2009
Domestic Incidents and Crimes 2009
Experience Of Crime 2009
Hate Incidents and Crimes 2009
Home Office Statistical Bulletin 14/10 contains the police service strength statistics for the 43 police forces of England and Wales and for British Transport Police, as at 31 March 2010.
Interesting if not slightly scary visualisation of shootings happening on spot crime map
Alcohol attributed recorded crimes
Manchester ranks highest
Demographic information about your area (US)
Would be interesting to see this mapped with crime data (i.e Unemployment versus crime statistics)
Statistics on Drugs in Wales include data for Wales for the period 2004 and 2009. This is a new release providing further detail on statistics previously released on 30 July 2009.
Do you know how safe your university is? With FindtheBest.com’s Campus Safety application, you can research your college or university and see how many crimes have occurred.
Look up your College Campus alphabetically by clicking on the name of school. Search results can also be sorted at the top of the screen by the types of crimes themselves ranging from Murders and Rapes to Burglary and Assault. See what kind of campus safety statistics your university yields or compare schools to see which one you would like to attend in the future.
Say you want to attend a Four-Year, Private University in Hawaii, but university safety is a deal breaker for your parents. Go to the left-hand side of the screen and specify all the criteria you want so that you can select the ideal college to satisfy you and your parents. Once your results have been filtered, perhaps you’ll find that you should look more closely at Hawaii Pacific University instead of Bringham Young University.
Directgov Crime and Justice Webpages - ASB CDRP Survey Full Dataset (Oct 03 - March 09)
Annual National Statistics on deaths reported to coroners, including inquests and post-mortems held, inquest verdicts returned and finds reported to coroners under treasure legislation.
The bulletin presents calendar year statistics on the work of coroners in England and Wales. Data are obtained from manual statistical returns submitted by all coroners under the Coroners Act 1988, and are produced in accordance with arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority.
Health and Safety executive has data sets on injuries incurred at work through violence.
Quarterly statistics on trends in cautioning and sentencing, probation supervision and prison population for possession of a knife or offensive weapon in England and Wales.
The publication provides early indications of trends and is planned as a temporary release to cover the life and impact of the Tackling Knives Action Programme, which was launched to focus resources on rapid, intensive work in a number of areas of England and Wales to tackle knife crime.
The first two bulletins (October to December 2008 and January to March 2009) provide statistics on Phase I of the Tackling Knives Action Programme, which was launched in June 2008 and covered 10 police areas.
Phase II started in April 2009 and now covers 16 police force areas. Statistics on Phase II are provided in bulletins from April to June 2009 onwards.
Spot crime map in full use in Washington
XHIBIT Daily Court Status - Court List
What is XHIBIT..?
XHIBIT improves the daily business of every Crown Court in England and Wales by providing hearing information to those who need it within minutes.
XHIBIT is the first step in joining-up the Criminal JusticeSystem.
‘The potential of this system is immense. It will revolutionise the way we work and think.’ - Julie Puddy, HM Young Offender Institution Feltham
What does XHIBIT do..?
Contributing to swifter justice, XHIBIT sends vital hearing information from the courtroom to:
* Victims and Witnesses
* Crown Prosecution Service
* Magistrates’ Courts
* Youth Offending Teams
Paper records and hand written logs will be a thing of the past as Court Clerks record Crown Court events as they happen using new technology in every court.
What Oakland Police crime map looks like, and where raw crime reports come from
The document includes overground and underground rail stations that are currently accredited under the Secure Stations Scheme covering first time accreditations, re-accreditations and Working Towards Accreditation
The quarterly release presents statistics on the reoffending of adults under supervision of the Probation Service in England and Wales. Data are available at the regional, probation area and local authority level.
The release also measures progress on local targets to reduce reoffending: National Indicator 18 – adult reoffending rates for those under probation supervision.
A quarterly publication providing key statistics relating to offenders who are in prison or under Probation Service supervision.
This publication covers flows into these services (receptions into prison or probation starts) and flows out (discharges from prison or probation termination) as well as the caseload of both services at specific points in time. The publication also includes information on returns to custody following recall.
As of October 2011 this publication replaces three existing statistics publications: the monthly population in custody bulletin, Probation Statistics Quarterly and Licence recalls and returns to Custody.
Publication date Publication title and period covered
4 February 2011 Prison population (weekly) published on the prison service website
10 February 2011 Mortgage and landlord possession statistics October to December 2010 (NS)
10 February 2011 Company winding up and bankruptcy statistics October to December 2010
11 February 2011 Prison population (weekly) published on the prison service website
11 February 2011 Prison population (Monthly) published on the prison service website
17 February 2011 Criminal justice system information July - September 2010
18 February 2011 Prison population (weekly) published on the prison service website
22 February 2011 Local adult reoffending October 2009 to September 2010
25 February 2011 Sentencing statistics quarterly brief July to September 2010
25 February 2011 Prison population (weekly) published on the prison service website
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3 March 2011 Knife crime sentencing quarterly brief October to December 2010
3 March 2011 Time intervals for criminal proceedings in magistrates’ courts December 2010 (NS)
4 March 2011 Prison population (weekly) published on the Prison Service website
11 March 2011 Prison population (weekly) published on the Prison Service website
11 March 2011 Prison population (Monthly) published on the Prison Service website
17 March 2011 Re-conviction of adults: results from the 2009 cohort.
Re-offending of juveniles: results from the 2009 cohort
Response to consultation on improving Ministry of Justice statistics
18 March 2011 Prison population (weekly) published on the Prison Service website
25 March 2011 Prison population (weekly) published on the Prison Service website
31 March 2011 Quarterly Tribunal Service statistics - October to December 2010
31 March 2011 Court statistics quarterly October to December 2010
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1 April 2011 Prison population (weekly) published on the Prison Service website
8 April 2011 Prison population (weekly) published on the Prison Service website
8 April 2011 Prison population (monthly) published on the Prison Service website
15 April 2011 Prison population (weekly) published on the Prison Service website
22 April 2011 Prison population (weekly) published on the Prison Service website
28 April 2011 Offender management Statistics quarterly brief October to December 2010 and 2010 annual tables (previously Offender management caseload statistics)
28 April 2011 Freedom of Information Act 2000: Statistics on implementation in central government October to December 2010 and 2010 Annual
29 April 2011 Prison population (weekly) published on the Prison Service website
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6 May 2011 Prison population (weekly) published on the Prison Service website
10 May 2011 Compendium of Re-offending statistics and analysis covering effectiveness of different sentences at reducing re-offending
12 May 2011 Mortgage and landlord possession statistics January to March 2011 (NS)
12 May 2011 Company winding up and bankruptcy statistics January to March 2011 (NS)
13 May 2011 Prison population (weekly) published on the Prison Service website
13 May 2011 Prison population (monthly) published on the Prison Service website
17 May 2011 Local adult reoffending January - December 2010.
19 May 2011 Statistics on deaths reported to coroners 2010 (NS)
20 May 2011 Prison population (weekly) published on the Prison Service website
26 May 2011 Time intervals for criminal proceedings in magistrates’ courts March 2011 (NS)
26 May 2011 Criminal Justice System Statistics January to December 2010
27 May 2011 Prison population (weekly) published on the Prison Service website
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2 June 2011 Knife crime sentencing quarterly brief January to March 2011
3 June 2011 Prison population (weekly) published on the Prison Service website
10 June 2011 Prison population (weekly) published on the Prison Service website
10 June 2011 Prison population (monthly) published on the Prison Service website
17 June 2011 Prison population (weekly) published on the Prison Service website
24 June 2011 Prison population (weekly) published on the Prison Service website
30 June 2011 Freedom of information: statistics on implementation in central government January to March 2011
30 June 2011 Judicial and Court Statistics 2010
30 June 2011 Quarterly Tribunal Service Statistics January to March 2011
30 June 2011 Annual Tribunal Service Statistics 2010-11
30 June 2011 Statistics of completed selection exercises and recommendations for judicial appointment showing diversity: October 2010 to March 2011
30 June 2011 Court statistics quarterly January to March 2011
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1 July 2011 Prison population (weekly) published on the Prison Service website
8 Juy 2011 Prison population (weekly) published on the Prison Service website
8 July 2011 Prison population (monthly) published on the Prison Service website
15 July 2011 Prison population (weekly) published on the Prison Service website
22 July 2011 Prison population (weekly) published on the Prison Service website
28 July 2011 Safety in custody 2010
28 July 2011 Offender Management Statistics quarterly brief - January to March 2011
29 July 2011 Legal Services Commission annual statistics 2010/11
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5 August 2011 Prison population (weekly) published on the Prison Service website
11 August 2011 Mortgage and Landlord Possession Statistics April to June 2011 (NS)
12 August 2011 Prison population (weekly) published on the Prison Service website
12 August 2011 Prison population (monthly) published on the Prison Service website
16 August 2011 Local adult reoffending April 2010 - March 2011
19 August 2011 Prison population (weekly) published on the Prison Service website
25 August 2011 Time intervals for criminal proceedings in magistrates’ courts June 2011 (NS)
25 August 2011 Criminal Justice System Statistics April 2010 to March 2011
26 August 2011 Prison population (weekly) published on the Prison Service website
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1 September 2011 Employment Tribunal and EAT Annual Statistics 2010/11
1 September 2011 Knife crime sentencing quarterly brief April to June 2011
2 September 2011 Prison population (weekly) published on the Prison Service website
9 September 2011 Prison population (weekly) published on the Prison Service website
9 September 2011 Prison population (monthly) published on the Prison Service website
16 September 2011 Prison population (weekly) published on the Prison Service website
23 September 2011 Prison population (weekly) published on the Prison Service website
29 September 2011 Freedom of Information: statistics on implementation in central Government April to June 2011
29 September 2011 Quarterly Tribunal Service statistics April to June 2011
29 September 2011 Court Statistics quarterly April to June 2011
30 September 2011 Prison population (weekly) published on the Prison Service website
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7 October 2011 Prison population (weekly) published on the Prison Service website
13 October 2011 ASBO Statistics 2010
14 October 2011 Prison population (weekly) published on the Prison Service website
14 October 2011 Prison population (monthly) published on the Prison Service website
20 October 2011 Race and the Criminal Justice System
21 October 2011 Prison population (weekly) published on the Prison Service website
27 October 2011 Offender Management Statistics quarterly bulletin April to June 2011
27 October 2011 Multi-agency Public Protection Statistics 2010-2011
27 October 2011 Re-offending statistics for the January to December 2009 cohort
27 October 2011 Re-offending statistics quarterly
28 October 2011 Prison population (weekly) published on the Prison Service website
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4 November 2011 Prison population (weekly) published on the Prison Service website
10 November 2011 Mortgage and Landlord Possession Statistics July to September 2011
11 November 2011 Prison population (weekly) published on the Prison Service website
11 November 2011 Prison population (monthly) published on the Prison Service website
18 November 2011 Prison population (weekly) published on the Prison Service website
24 November 2011 Time intervals for proceedings in Magistrates Courts September 2011
24 November 2011 Criminal Justice System Statistics July 2010 to June 2011
25 November 2011 Prison population (weekly) published on the Prison Service website
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Publication date Publication title and period covered
1 December 2011 Knife crime sentencing quarterly brief July to September 2011
2 December 2011 Prison population (weekly) published on the Prison Service website
9 December 2011 Prison population (weekly) published on the Prison Service website
9 December 2011 Prison population (monthly) published on the Prison Service website
15 December 2011 Freedom of Information: Statistics on implementation in central government July to September 2011 (NS)
16 December 2011 Prison population (weekly) published on the Prison Service website
23 December 2011 Prison population (weekly) published on the Prison Service website
30 December 2011 Prison population (weekly) published on the Prison Service website
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12 January 2012 Court Statistics Quarterly July to September 2011
12 January 2012 Tribunal Statistics Quarterly July to September 2011
26 January 2012 Offender Management Statistics quarterly bulletin – July to September 2011
26 January 2012 Youth Justice Statistics
26 January 2012 Reoffending Statistics for the April 2009 to March 2010 cohort
Google data set of murder rate per 100k.
The NeSS Data Exchange (NDE) is an online service designed to make it easier to interrogate and engage with the Neighbourhood Statistics (NeSS) Datastore. Using machine to machine technology, it will speed up and simplify data requests and still allow access to over 400 geographically referenced datasets, free of charge.
Now published on Ministry of Justice since April 2011
Only available in .doc file.
Monthly statistics on the population in custody, with figures on the population in prison establishments, police cells, secure children’s homes and secure training centres.
Columbia Crime Map
Comprehensive but not ongoing data samples. Many sources dated around 2000 mark.
Feelings of insecurity by sex 2002/03
People aged 21 or over sentenced to immediate imprisonment: by sex and length of sentence imposed for principal offence, 2002
People aged 21 or over found guilty of offences: by sex and type of sentence, 2002
People given a police caution: by type of offence and age, 2001
Police manpower: by type, March 2002
Seizures of controlled drugs: by type of drug, 2001:
Firearms 1994 to 2001
Recorded crimes detected by the police: by offence group, 2002/03
Offences committed against households, 2002/03
Violent offences committed against the person, 2002/03
The Child Well-being Index (CWI) represents the first attempt to create a small area index exclusively for children in England. Unlike the Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD), the CWI was restricted by the availability of data as many datasets are not disaggregated by age group. Data on children is largely collected through surveys which are not robust enough to be broken down to small area level.
The CWI follows a similar approach, structure and methodology as that used in the IMD 2007.
http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Statistics/Browse/Crime-Justice/TrendPDF Overview of crime and justice statistics
# Civil Judicial Statistics
# Criminal Appeals Statistics
# Criminal Justice Social Work Statistics
# Criminal Proceedings in Scottish Courts
# Divorces and Dissolutions
# Domestic Abuse Statistics
# Fire statistics in Scotland
# Fire and Rescue Services Statistics
# Firearms Certificates
# Firearms Statistics
# Homicide Statistics
# Liquor Licensing Statistics
# Police Strength Statistics
# Prison Statistics
# Racist Incident Statistics
# Reconviction of Offenders Statistics
# Recorded Crime Statistics
# Scottish Crime and Justice Survey
# Scottish Safety Camera Programme Statistics
# Summary Justice Reform
If you’re not familiar with EveryBlock, read our about page and FAQ. The main takeaway is that EveryBlock gathers, organizes and publishes news at the level of neighborhood and city block. Given a location, we can tell you what’s been in the news there recently.
This API is designed to provide you with raw access to the latest neighborhood news on EveryBlock, across all of the current EveryBlock metros. But because EveryBlock deals with a diversity of news—we index everything from blog posts to crime reports, and information varies by city—you’ll need to understand some important things before you dive into the API:
* EveryBlock covers only 16 U.S. metros, although we’ve been growing to more and more.
* Each metro has different news availability. Certain types of news are available across all metros (e.g., locations in the media and user discussions); other types of news are available in a subset of our metros; still other types of news are available only in a single metro.
* Even when multiple metros have the same news available, the nature of the data may differ. For example, our data for crime in Chicago is wildly different than crime in New York City: Chicago crime data is updated daily, with a separate record for each crime report, with addresses to the block level. New York crime data is updated weekly, but no individual crimes are mentioned in the data, only precinct-wide reports that will tell you, for example, that Precinct 1 had five robberies between Sept. 6 and Sept. 12, 2010.
Examples (dates back to 2004)
Exploring the links between homicide and organised crime summary
This research assesses the proportion of homicides that can be shown to have links to organised crime and examines differences in characteristics between organised crime-related homicides and other homicides.
Children’s experience and attitudes towards the police, personal safety and public spaces: Findings from the 2009/10 British Crime Survey interviews with children aged 10 to 15. Supplementary Volume 3 to Crime in England and Wales 2009/10
This supplementary volume explores topics from the 2009/10 British Crime Survey interviews with children aged 10 to 15, providing analysis of children’s contact with and attitude to the police, experience of and attitudes to knife carrying, crime prevention behaviours, being in public spaces and access to leisure activities
Crime in England and Wales: Quarterly Update to December 2010
This publication presents the most recent crime statistics from the British Crime Survey and police recorded crime up to December 2010.
The national standard for incident recording (NSIR) counting rules
This document explains the rules for the national standard for incident recording
This document contains the revised set of Rules for counting and classifying crime as at 1 April 2011.
Describing and assessing interventions to address anti-social behaviour
This report explores how interventions for anti-social behaviour (ASB) are used in some local areas and the nature of the ASB.
The effectiveness of partnership working in a crime and disorder context
This report summarises the findings of a rapid evidence assessment which sought to summarise the evidence base on the effectiveness of partnership working in a crime and disorder context. The REA identified nine studies (assessed as Maryland Scale 3 or 4) from the United States which had as a core component of the intervention evaluated a partnership approach to tackling crime.
An assessment of the Tackling Knives and Serious Youth Violence Action Programme (TKAP) – Phase ll
The Tackling Knives and Serious Youth Violence Action Programme (TKAP) ran from April 2009 to March 2010 and aimed to reduce all serious violence involving 13- to 24-year-olds using a range of enforcement, education and prevention initiatives in 16 police force areas.
The national crime recording standard (NCRS): What you need to know
This document explains what the national crime recording standard (NCRS) is.
Anti-social behaviour order statistics - England and Wales 2009
Anti-social behaviour order statistics - England and Wales 1999 - 2009
The source of the data for this publication is the Courts Proceedings Database, which covers details of every individual sentenced at criminal courts in England and Wales. Data referring to magistrates’ courts comes either directly from magistrates’ court computer systems, all of which now have the new LIBRA system or from police forces. National implementation of LIBRA was completed by the end of 2008. Data on the Crown Court comes from the Court Service’s CREST computer system.
The data received from the court systems used in this report go through a number of internal and external validation, and consistency checks. In particular checks are made, where possible, to ensure that: the sentence given for an offence is applicable in law and that hearings are consistent with the court they are heard in, for example indictable-only offences are heard in the Crown Court. Where these validation checks fail courts are asked to confirm the information provided, however the process of validating records can take up to six months to complete after the record has been received. In 2009, approximately ten per cent of court records received failed validation. These were checked with individual courts and amendments were made.
All the statistics shown relate to the principal offence. In cases where the offender has been found guilty of more than one offence, the principal offence is the offence attracting the heaviest sentence. Where an offender has received an equal sentence for two or more offences the principal offence is the one for which the statutory maximum is the most severe.
Although care is taken in processing and analysing the returns the detail collected is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system. Therefore, the figures are not necessarily accurate to the last digit shown.
Where the number of offenders sentenced in a particular group is less than 50 (in either of the quarters being compared), we do not show the percentage change. This is because smaller numbers do not always give a meaningful percentage change. In these cases, the percentage change is denoted with a star (*).
Percentage changes have been calculated from figures with a greater level of accuracy than those displayed in cells. Displayed values are shown to one decimal place while the underlying data is available to several decimal places. The underlying data is available by highlighting the relevant cells in the Excel version of the tables.
Following the introduction of the Libra case management system during 2008, offenders at magistrates’ courts can now be recorded as sex ‘Not Stated’.
In 2008 and 2009 less than one per cent of offenders sentenced were recorded as sex ‘Not Stated’. Amendments to the data tables have been made to accommodate this new category. Tables split by gender are now formatted as males, females and then ‘all persons’ which includes the ‘Not Stated’ category. Detailed breakdowns by gender are no longer possible as the contribution made by ‘not stated’ could have a larger impact on small groups, and hence some figures/tables within the text which showed a gender breakdown in previous editions have been removed.
During 2008, data from Cardiff Magistrates’ court for April, July and August were corrupted during the transmission to the Ministry of Justice. Despite all efforts by the court staff and IT departments it has proved impossible to retrieve the information and has subsequently been excluded from this report.
Problems in the recording of the new Youth Rehabilitation Order (YRO), which came into effect for offences committed from 30 November 2009, have meant that records with a YRO were, in most cases, recorded as community orders in Q4 2009. In the first two quarters of 2010 the majority of YROs were not received or were recorded as community orders. The YROs received as community orders have been entered in the tables as such (although the community order is only available for over 18’s and the YRO for under 18’s).
The missing records for 2010 have now been recovered but have not been included in this publication as expected, as reclassifying the missing offences has proven complicated. They will be included in the annual report, due in mid 2011.
This bulletin is an annual publication that summarises information about people subject to a restriction order (restricted patients) admitted to, detained in, or discharged from psychiatric hospitals (high security and other hospitals in England and Wales which admit mentally disordered offenders).
The report is released by the Ministry of Justice and produced in accordance with arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority.
Home Office Firearm certificates in excel and pdf tables
“Crime Maps: explore police stats with our interactive tool
Last week’s launch of the police.uk website clearly proved popular, perhaps excessively so. We teamed up with the engineers behind SpatialKey to build a richer interface on to December’s crime data that lets you compare and contrast crime levels by location and type”
Mind Your Street is an online community for neighbourhood crime prevention.
Mind Your Street is an online community which uses social networking to employ situational crime prevention techniques. When implemented these effectively reduce the opportunity for crime. The site allows individual households and neighbourhoods to identify their real security needs and to make improvements in a highly convenient and cost-effective manner. Mind Your Street lets individuals and neighbourhoods optimise their security efforts relative to the actual threat posed. Many of the community features and benefits are free and hardware - such as home CCTV - may be purchased online and easily integrated into the user setup when required.
Free courses on open data at UK universities starting in June 2011.
Comprehensive list of crime data sets from around the world.
Children’s experience and attitudes towards the police, personal safety and public spaces:
“The one thing that puzzles us is that when they have made the datasets available to the public, instead of using the more common latitude and longditude (which Google maps uses) they’ve used Easting and Northing, which while a perfectly correct mapping co-ordinate, isn’t one that can be quickly imported in Google, Bing or Yahoo maps.
To display the markers on Google maps, they’ll have had to convert the Northern and Easting co-ordinates to the latitude and longitude anyhow.
Perhaps they’re not keen after all on people creating their own versions of these maps.”
“The Police.uk site gives us the full data for each police for in England and Wales - as well as a postcode search mapping facility.
It’s a big improvement on the previous, local authority-based effort. It includes an API and a street by street spreadsheet for each police force - plus aggregated neighbourhood statistics. The data includes geo-tagging for each crime, which are divided into a number of categories:
* Other crime
* Vehicle crime
* Violent crime
* Anti-social behaviour
Children entering detention held solely under Immigration Act powers April 2011
Monthly management information on children entering detention , held solely under Immigration Act powers. The figures are based on management information and are not subject to the detailed checks that apply for National Statistics. They maybe revised in subsequent quarterly control of immigration publications. Therefore they should be seen as provisional.
Great resource to look through, very clear of crime data. Huge variety between gov data and crowdsourced data produced websites and applications.
The GeoNames geographical database is available for download free of charge under a creative commons attribution license. It contains over 10 million geographical names and consists of 7.5 million unique features whereof 2.8 million populated places and 5.5 million alternate names. All features are categorized into one out of nine feature classes and further subcategorized into one out of 645 feature codes. (more statistics ...).
The data is accessible free of charge through a number of webservices and a daily database export. GeoNames is already serving up to over 20 million web service requests per day.
GeoNames is integrating geographical data such as names of places in various languages, elevation, population and others from various sources. All lat/long coordinates are in WGS84 (World Geodetic System 1984). Users may manually edit, correct and add new names using a user friendly wiki interface.
Visualisation on map of Seattle Crime Reports, now done by beat, since 2008. (http://www.seattle.gov/police/Crime/STATS.HTM)
“Welcome to the Metropolitan Police Service Crime Mapping Website.
This site has been created to help show you what crime has been committed in neighbourhoods across the capital. Crime information can be shown on a map shaded to show crime rates in each area compared to the average across London, or as text by clicking on the “Text view” tab.
As we continue to develop the site we hope to display more crime types. We must also ensure that we protect crime victims’ personal information and comply with all legal requirements regarding the crime data we hold. For more information on how we develop the maps and represent the crime data please see the “Help” and “Glossary” tabs in this section.”
Arrests, outcomes and stop & searches, Quarterly update to September 2010, Great Britain
Great crime resource against population in US cities.
What to Avoid in City Crime Statistics
Readers should take into consideration relevant factors in addition to an area’s crime statistics when making any valid comparisons of crime among different locales.
For the 2009 population estimates used in this table, the FBI computed individual rates of growth from one year to the next for every city/town and county using 2000 decennial population counts and 2001 through 2008 population estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau. Each agency’s rates of growth were averaged; that average was then applied and added to its 2008 Census population estimate to derive the agency’s 2009 population estimate.
Popular Questions & Answers for City Crime Statistics
Find out about criminal activity on your block
Scours all gov data sites for data opened up and available online. Uses data.gov.uk for the UK
Clearmap - using GIS
Search Chicago’s sex offender database, see crime incident reports, see community concerns and block clubs (people who work together in their blocks to make areas safer)
Data is updated once a day.
Usual search terms but can also draw a custom polygon
An assessment of the Tackling Knives and Serious Youth Violence Action Programme (TKAP) – Phase ll
Map for Arvada Police Department.
Shows great stat breakdown of crimes, where and when they happen. Proportionate crime types.
Great set of resources on platforms allowing citizens to access crime data in Minneapolis
Crowd sourced price of weed in the world. Wonder what would happen if the police asked for IP information on the people who submit this.
FBI ‘Annual Crime in the United States’ collection
- Broken down and supplied in excel tables in line with the UCR (Uniformed Crime reporting framework, established in 1929)
Old Times article on police spending more on PR to cover up crime being committed in their area.
List of top 5 police spends on PR in UK.
London fire map.
Shows Fire stations, and can be broken down into fire types, including ‘Deliberate fires’. Croyden rates highest for arson.
LFB hope to;
“...encourage residents, businesses and councils in places with a higher number of incidents to take action to make their area safer.”
The National Police Misconduct Statistics and Reporting Project (NPMSRP), established in April of 2009, is a non-partisan, non-governmental project devoted to help resolve that problem. The NPMSRP gathers data on police misconduct through reports of misconduct made available through the media and generates statistical and trending information based on those reports.”
Results from cases heard at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court on 19 April are being put on Twitter by West Midlands Police. #wmpcts There has been a decline in court reporting in recent years and the initiative is designed to make the public more aware of the cases police deal with.
WM Police staff are going into court to cover the cases.
Will Perrin, makes sense of Islington crime data in relation to Met Crime levels and pushes local police for quote.
Good example of citizen using data to hold police to account.
The Guardian release the data from police.uk in a table set. Interesting to see them hint at launch of other websites popping up around the data, with them ending on a closing line of, ‘What would you do with it?’
“Lots of ‘street level crime’ #opendata released today on Police.uk. This ought to be another great moment for the #opendata movement, and in one sense it is. The government has stuck to its promise to release this data, and it has forced the police to produce it on time. It is good that politicians now see that opening data will promote a debate and enable citizens to discuss the issues with the professionals. This is the real promise of #opendata: it helps empower people by promoting more active questioning of the issues.
However, this is another example of ‘ugly, early’ and we must look at the data very carefully to see what it is currently good for. Here are 5 reasons to be cautious about the insights it reveals at this stage.”
“Police ANPR database contains 7.6 billion car locations and images, the NPIA have acknowledged in a FOIA disclosure to HMP Britain.
The National Police Improvement Agency (NPIA) operate the National ANPR Data Centre (NADC) which stores information from CCTV surveillance cameras. Each time a car passes one of these cameras, the location of the car, the time, an image of the car (and often, its occupants) and the numberplate is stored at the NADC. This data comprises a ‘read’.
There are now 7.6 billion of these reads in the Police database and they are routinely stored for 2 years.”
Good to see the paper highlighting some of the issues of comparison versus density of crime reports
Out dated but early version of what police.uk became.
It appears when the first iteration of police.uk was being released that the way in which data was collected had to fit with a Neighbourhood teams database which was developed by the NPIA with local forces.
Recent talks facilitated by the NPIA have led many forces to agree to produce the relevant neighbourhood
data in a consistent digital form - a web-accessible XML feed structured using a suitable custom schema.
However, the technical abilities of individual forces are varied:
• some are already using suitable database systems and so are able to produce a live XML feed
• some have the ability but may require some internal development to produce and publish the XML,
• others have no ability to produce the XML feed at all, and currently ?hard code? their neighbourhood
information directly into static pages on their website
TeamDB is a web application that aims to address these problematic differences by bringing less able forces
up to speed quickly and easily through a web interface.
Outcome of using TeamDB
The result of implementing TeamDB will be a single uniform source of accurate and up to date
neighbourhood data that is readily available for reuse in CrimeMapper, future NPIA applications and by
The focus of TeamDB is ?exibility and simplicity - it must cater for the needs of less advanced forces. We
have split forces into two groups - ?novice? forces unable to produce an XML feed, and ?advanced? forces who
can produce an XML feed (and maintain it over time).
TeamDB is web-based - there will be no IT requirements at the force end (no software to install, maintain and
keep up to date), other than ensuring that a key contact has access to a modern web browser and is able to
access the internet.
Features aimed at both audiences are described overleaf.
Neighbourhood teams database proposal
Commercial in Con?dence
18 June 2009
Novice forces are classed as those that are unable to produce an XML feed because they either do not store
their neighbourhood information in a database, or are unable to easily publish their database as XML. We
have assumed that these forces are basically starting from scratch and need some way of specifying
neighbourhood information in an easy to manage form.
The TeamDB web interface will allow novice forces to quickly and easily:
• Add and manage an unlimited number of neighbourhood areas that match their force structure
• Make unlimited edits to any number of neighbourhood areas
• Provide key information relevant to that area (see appendix A, an RKH speci?cation document
regarding information that appears in the ?Find Out More? tab of CrimeMapper at NPT level)
• Add and manage an unlimited number of of?cers within any neighbourhood area:
• Manage of?cer details and which areas they belong to
• Upload of?cer images or refer to the URL of an existing image within their own force website
• Make unlimited edits to individual of?cer information
• Batch-add of?cer information across multiple areas:
• Download an empty CSV template to assist with population at the force end
• Upload a full CSV ?le with many of?cers to save time adding them individually
It is assumed that these forces will have already produced their own valid XML feed of neighbourhood teams
and are able to publish this online. It is important that in these cases, forces are not required to maintain their
neighbourhood information in two places.
To include their data in TeamDB, they are required to specify the location of their XML feed on the web.
TeamDB will periodically access the force-managed XML feed and import it, ensuring that the TeamDB
database is kept up to date.
Forces wishing to switch to advanced mode from novice can do so at any time.
Neighbourhood teams database proposal
Commercial in Con?dence
18 June 2009
Police.uk cost around £300,000 with the NPIA outlining an admin cost of around £200,000 and that the development company received £180,000 for full delivery of the site.
Begins to pose interesting questions of whose role is it to develop websites around data and how much should we be spending?
Scroll down to Justice and Home affairs for selection of projects developed by RS.
“Rewired State run hack days.
Hack days can be run for many reasons:
* to explore the potential of data
* to discover the veracity of information
* to remove the fear of opening data and to excite.
What is a hack day?
We run hack days with anywhere from ten to 150 developers.
A hack day describes an event that takes place over a short period of time, usually one or two days.
Developers will work on raw data, either supplied by a client or sourced/scraped from the internet, creating prototypes of applications, websites, widgets, APIs, visualisations and other lovely stuff.
Geeks like beer
They work in a quiet space without interruption from non-developers, fuelled by caffeine, chocolate, beer, and pizza.
At the end of this period, they present what they have made to an invited audience.
Every developer that qualifies for taking part in a Rewired State hack day has to prove that they can create something within a matter of hours.
Rewired State only certifies developers who have proved that they can do this at our own events.”
Glasgow evening times release a ‘crime map’ of yearly offense stats. The interesting thing about this map is that is shows the breakdown of policing areas, ‘beats’ as they are called in Scotland.
A first for Scotland, but still have to question why we can’t have the postcodes for each area.
Home office response to policing in the 21st century and thoughts on David Cameron’s open letter in 2010.
Contains key thoughts and pointers on open data in the crime and justice sector.
* Data and information about policing, public safety and criminal justice are essential in local and strategic oversight and accountability of police forces and the wider criminal justice system.
* We propose that a whole systems approach should be taken to the publication of data about crime and criminal justice.
* The presumption should be that all data will be published unless it is private or genuinely confidential. It will be important to ensure that the data covers the range of information that is necessary for effective transparency and accountability at both strategic and local level. We set out six categories of police data that should be published. In all of these categories, data should be published at the most granular level of detail possible.
* The question of how data should be released is as important as questions about what data should be included. If data is not released in a standardised, re-usable, machine-readable form without restrictions on re-use or re-purposing, then it cannot be used to its full potential and cannot be described as genuinely open data.
* The approach that should be taken to releasing data should reflect the progression from taking the first step of publishing data in whatever form to the goal of providing linked data. The best must not become the enemy of the good – progress should be made to the next stage towards linked data at the earliest opportunity. As a first stage in this process, the data to be published by January 2011 should be published up to at least the two-star standard outlined here.
* We recognise that there are risks involved. These must be managed in relation to specific categories of information, and the fact that there are risks involved should not generally act as a brake on progress across the board. The presumption should be that as much granular data as possible will be published as close to real time as possible, with exemptions being the exception rather than the rule.
* We will be pleased to work with early adopters to support them in becoming examplars and to support others to learn from and build on their experience.
View 2006/07 recorded crime data.
View 2006/07 sanction detections data.
View 2007/08 recorded crime data.
View 2007/08 sanction detections data.
View 2008/09 recorded crime data.
View 2008/09 sanction detections data.
View 2009/10 recorded crime data.
View 2009/10 sanction detections data.
Confidence and satisfaction
Data relating to the single confidence target, ASB perception and local concerns indicators can be found on the Home Office Research Development and Statistics website.
Data relating to the user satisfaction and comparative satisfaction indicators can be found below.
View user satisfaction data.
View comparative satisfaction data.
Protection from serious harm
Data relating to the homicide volume and gun crime indicators can be found on the Home Office Research Development and Statistics website. Data relating to the road traffic death or injury indicator can be found on the Department for Transport website.
Data relating to the asset recovery, drug trafficking, knife crime and serious sexual offences sanction detections indicators can be found below.
View asset recovery data.
View drug trafficking data.
View knife crime data.
View sexual offences sanction detections data.
“Everybody knows that data quality is a key issue with open government, and something that is seen as a considerable cost and risk factor. Of course people do expect government to provide perfectly accurate and up-to-date data, and we all know that when that’s not the case, government becomes and easy target for criticism.”
Data for London on crime
MyLocalCrime is powered by SpotCrime.com. The SpotCrime team wanted to create a more user-friendly version of the site as well as another outlet for viewers to find and view crime information. If you want a quick view of crime data around a particular address- MyLocalCrime is for you. If you want a more detailed search of crime data, try SpotCrime.
We map crime and deliver alerts.
MyLocalCrime is a crime data aggregator. We collect the crime incidents and plot them on Google Maps. Alerts are provided by SpotCrime.
One of the best maps in terms of Police buy in. San Jose is leading the way on crime mapping and how the police interact with it.
Daily reports are filed and the map shows up to date information on crimes.
Controversially, in the state of California the Sex Offenders list is made public, and visualising this information on the map can be quite disturbing and we should be asking questions about responsibilities not only when it comes to releasing information but how we visualise it. Furthermore, alerts can be set when registered sex offenders move into your area.
Feedback on the site;
“Will help patrol officers see trends of crime instantaneously” -police chief
before we used to get these updates every 6 months.
“By making the residents aware, they could become useful in tipping off police”
A tutorial of how to use Oakland Crime Map. Will show you the ins and outs of how it works, what it does and it’s function.
Crimemaps in the US are considerably ahead, with data, especially in the area of San Jose with Crime reports being mapped on a daily basis.
The Oakland map sometimes revealed more than was intended. For example, the city of Oakland, California, releases information on where and when arrests were made, which is put out on a private website, Oakland Crimespotting. At one point a few clicks revealed that police swept the whole of a busy street for prostitution every evening except on Wednesdays, a tactic they probably meant to keep to themselves.
Functions: Details Crime reports, visualises different crime types, can select hours of the day, police beats and crimes they take, even a comment function on beats, rss updates on crime at different longitude/latitude
“Thanks for building this system, it is so superior to Crime view and the rest of the off the shelf software applications.”
“Innovators, using free public data can make a far mow interactive website than the government or police can”
“Copy, paste, map, simple”
This tool could be used by a member of the public with little development knowledge, meaning data that is opened, could be used to map some very local information for community groups/neighbourhood watch groups/community councils to hold the police to account and engage in useful discussions.
Citizens have a new tool to visualize data and map it onto their own communities. Geospatial startup FortiusOne and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) have teamed up to launch IssueMap.org. IssueMap is squarely aimed at addressing one of the biggest challenges that government agencies, municipalities and other public entities have in 2011: converting open data into information that people can distill into knowledge and insight.
There are powerful data visualization tools available to developers who wish to mash up data with maps, but IssueMap may have a key differentiator: simplicity. As Michael Byrne, the first FCC geospatial information officer, put it this morning, the idea is to make it as easy as “copy, paste, map.”
Maps are a data visualization tool that can fix a rotten spreadsheet by making the data real and rich with context. By showing how data — and the decisions that produce data — affect people where they live, a map can make the difference between a blank stare and a knowing nod. Maps are also a crucial part of a decision-maker’s toolkit, clearly plotting the relationship between policies and geographies in easy-to-understand ways.
Many eyes was developed by IBM and allows users to upload their own data and make simple visualisations of the information.
Shows some of the visualisations of crime data.
Are you traveling to a new and want to get a sense of the crime activity? SpotCrime can help you get a sense of the neighborhood and generate your own personalized crime report.??Unique “Safety and Security” Scores for Your Area??SpotCrime features a unique “Safety and Security” scoring system wherever we have data available. Using a proprietary algorithm, we compute a relative safety and security index for each location you want to explore. High scores (closer to 100) indicate lower risk. We also provide an “accuracy” score that will give you a sense of how accurate the safety and security scores are. It’s a great way to know your surroundings!??Coverage and Source of Data??Through our proprietary sourcing model, SpotCrime pulls crime incident data from multiple sources including state and local police departments as well as validated news sources to provide a comprehensive record of local crime information.??We have coverage in hundreds of jurisdictions in North America as well as in several cities in Europe. More areas are being added daily.??
SpotCrime - Know Your Neighborhood, now with Augmented Reality??SpotCrime is the iPhone application from SpotCrime.com, and is the first crime application to use Augmented Reality technology to give you a visual sense of where crime is happening around you now!
??Using the compass, accelerometer, and camera in the iPhone 3GS, SpotCrime gives you a realtime view of the streets and city around you, overlaid with specific crime incidents as depicted with bold, colorful icons. Want to know whether it’s safe to walk down a particular street? Aim SpotCrime at it and know right away!??For Your Location, Or Anywhere??By using the iPhone’s GPS to find your location, SpotCrime displays recent crime activity around your current location, or any address you specify. Crime incidents are displayed with icons representing different types of crimes including shooting, robbery, assault, theft, burglary, arson and vandalism.??Identify high crime areas in the areas you are traveling, and get specific details of the crime events by selecting individual incidents.
View crimes on a map or in our unique Augmented Reality view
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New data updated daily
David Mountain from Placr talks to MyPolice about open data, why they decided to develop their own crime map using the data released from Police.uk and some of the responsibilities we have in terms of using open data, how release it and visualise it.
This video documents San Francisco’s Police department releasing all crime reports. It highlights an interesting relationship between topograhpy and crime. It shows a crime map placed ontop of real time video to document the changing aesthetic of areas. Interestingly, it begins to think about how these maps could be used to highlight where drugs could be bought, or safe routes home could be taken. With the rise of smart phones, and ‘data on the go’, relating to our spatial whereabouts these maps can become truly interactive. It also looks at how, “Relationships between citizens and government will change”, and this data can be used by the public to hold authorities to account, making the public ‘more powerful’.
“Maps are a data visualization tool that can fix a rotten spreadsheet by making the data real and rich with context. By showing how data — and the decisions that produce data — affect people where they live, a map can make the difference between a blank stare and a knowing nod. Maps are also a crucial part of a decision-maker’s toolkit, clearly plotting the relationship between policies and geographies in easy-to-understand ways.”
This piece highlights the City of Oakland’s tactics that they swept a busy street every evening except for Wednesday. Perhaps something they didn’t want to give away when they decided to open up their data.
Andy Mabbet highlights that only 29 police forces have a wildlife crime page out of 51. He then uses this information to outline what action should be taken: ‘Each police force should set up a locally-relevant web page about wildlife crime and their response to it, with relevant contact details, modelled on the best practice we found’
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