Posted: December 6th, 2013 Author: Dan Lewis No Comments »
This has been running for a while but I realised it was time to tell you. Here at UKCrimeStats, we make lots of incremental improvements all the time – so much work goes into this platform. So, if you type in your postcode to the searchbox and scroll down the results to the bottom, you will see the matching Lower Layer Super Output Area and Middle Super Output Area. We’ll also be doing this shortly with Northern Ireland Super Output Areas. Still no monthly crime data from Scotland. Who knows, by the time it is available, it may not be in the UK anymore and we’ll need a new website name !
October 2013 update coming through shortly.
Posted: December 6th, 2013 Author: Dan Lewis No Comments »
We now have monthly Northern Ireland Crime data stretching back to September 2011. Here is the Police Service of Northern Ireland page. We have also added postcode sector and postcode districts for Northern Ireland so you can see crime data for these. And last but certainly not least, we have added all 890 Northern Ireland Super Output Areas. As always, if you spot any bugs, please tell us on email@example.com. Neighbourhoods and postcodes automatically matched to NISOAs coming shortly.
Posted: September 12th, 2013 Author: Dan Lewis No Comments »
We have just run the update for May 2013 and are currently debugging a few issues before we go ahead with June and then July. But I have for some time been fascinated by the crime of Bike Theft. We put it to the Home Office to include this as a sector 2 years ago and are glad to see that since May they have included it. Last year, we also entered the ONS Geovation competition to win sponsorship money to build an anti-bike theft app. In fact, I event went to visit a major bike retailer to drum up some support but alas, none was forthcoming. Anyway, one month’s data doesn’t tell you everything. It takes time to build up a picture, but to give you a taster, here are the top 10 Postcode Sectors for Bike Theft in May 2013 and the number of reported bikes stolen.
Oxford and Cambridge you’d have to expect. But the real surprise to me was Maida Vale, W9 4 coming in at number 1 across England and Wales – 2.5 times worse than the worst area in Oxford.
Posted: July 10th, 2013 Author: Dan Lewis No Comments »
Today we launch our Postcode Data Generator;
Costing just £19.95 for up to 5,000 postcodes, the PDG is the cost-effective choice for Insurance Companies, Academics, Security Analysts, Police Crime Commissioners, Journalists, Estate Agents, Geospatial Analysts, Policy Professionals and Everyday People. To match crime, income, population, environmental and other data for your list of UK postcodes, upload below a simple .txt file of postcodes and it will send back to you a zipped up folder. All details are here.
We will keep refining this as time goes on, so all feedback most welcome.
Posted: July 3rd, 2013 Author: Dan Lewis No Comments »
Take a look at our new Crime by LSOA page – that’s Lower Layer Super Output Area. Nowhere else will you find such a comprehensive resource.
We’ve actually had this data for some time and we have all the historical data going back to December 2010. All the LSOA individual pages are free to view. If you want to run reports and export, this requires a pad-for login at just £9.99 a non-recurring month. So if you try to run a report, it will just take you through to the membership section.
Posted: June 28th, 2013 Author: Dan Lewis No Comments »
More upgrades coming through as well !
Thankyou for all your support. As always, any questions please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted: June 3rd, 2013 Author: Dan Lewis No Comments »
Thanks for your patience – a lot of new features coming soon.
Posted: March 25th, 2013 Author: Dan Lewis 2 Comments »
An insightful piece by London Mayor Boris Johnson today and he summed up very well the issue of how useful Police buildings and stations are in fighting crime;
Police buildings do not make arrests. They do not lumber down the street in pursuit of criminals. They do not observe crime, and according to most criminologists there is no real evidence that they even deter crime – not just by sitting there as an inanimate structure of bricks and mortar.
Crime is not fought by buildings, but by the men and women of our police force; and in the teeth of a long economic downturn, and with all budgets facing a huge squeeze, it is those flesh and blood human beings who are doing an outstanding job.
We have another problem on UKCrimeStats with Police Stations – we don’t know where they all are and only government can tell us this. This matters because some crimes with no location – or more often, rather not correctly geolocated by Police with their respective Gazetteer – are sometimes relocated at the nearest Police Station. This creates a compound distortion over time for people looking at crime on or near their street and we would like to adjust for these.
Posted: March 8th, 2013 Author: Dan Lewis 1 Comment »
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Posted: March 2nd, 2013 Author: Dan Lewis 2 Comments »
On Valentine’s Day 14th February 2013 – of all days – I was invited to give a talk to present our views and experiences of working with the crime data at a day-long seminar hosted by the Open Data Institute and funded by SOCIAM of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. The discussion was called, “Open Data Comes to Market: The Mysterious Case of the Disappearing Crime Apps” to answer the central question about why so few developers have used the crime data and seem to be in decline?
It’s pretty obvious to me – police.uk is a monopoly that enjoys first use and access to the data and they are consistently raising the commercial barriers to entry without thought of the consequences to the downstream market. So next time you hear a coalition politician eulogising the “popularity” of police.uk – ask them if they can define the difference between popularity and a monopolistic lack of competitive choice?
It reminds me of an Icelandic colleague I knew years ago in my Luxembourg banking days who told me that in the 70s and 80s, Iceland had only one TV channel that broadcasted a few hours a day and not even every day. So would you call that one TV channel “popular” or just all that you could look at?
No wonder Iceland had such a high suicide rate !
Indeed, why stop there – would the Home Office call the North Korean Communist Party popular too because of it’s high membership in the North Korean populace, more than the Labour, LibDem and Conservative parties combined in a country with a fraction of the population?
Joking aside, the serious point is this; whenever a government-funded website using data has as lot of hits, at not insubstantial cost to the taxpayer and long-term downstream market damage, it has failed to get involved 3rd party developers to do their work for them for free. So at what point should government intervene to develop or release data or do both?
As I argued in this powerpoint, the Home Office appears to be deeply confused and conflicted on this core point and they should only do the second which is to release data.
I’ve complained about this before, most notably here and numerous times to the Home Office, the Ministry of Justice, the Crime and Justice Sector Transparency Panel (weirdly last minutes from data.gov.uk only published from 24th January 2012!) and the Open Data Institute to name but a few.
The lesson is clear – the government is not committed to open data until clear lines are set out that determine what government can and can not do with data in the marketplace in strict accordance with competition law. And Britain’s civil service is severely unaware of competition and equal data access rules which they don’t seem think apply to them.
Anyway, here are my slides from the talk From Monopoly to a Flourishing, Open Crime Data Environment. You are of course free to make up your own minds. Comments most welcome. My agenda is a positive one – for open data, including that of crime data to flourish, government has to step back from the marketplace and let a thousand flowers bloom.