Faqs

Welcome to our FAQ section which we hope will answer most if not all of your questions. Please browse here and our Problems with the data section before getting in touch with any questions.

Data

What do all the crime categories mean?

All crime
Total for all categories.
Anti-social behaviour
Includes personal, environmental and nuisance anti-social behaviour.
Bicycle theft
Includes the taking without consent or theft of a pedal cycle.
Burglary
Includes offences where a person enters a house or other building with the intention of stealing.
Criminal damage and arson
Includes damage to buildings and vehicles and deliberate damage by fire.
Drugs
Includes offences related to possession, supply and production.
Other crime
Includes forgery, perjury and other miscellaneous crime.
Other theft
Includes theft by an employee, blackmail and making off without payment.
Possession of weapons
Includes possession of a weapon, such as a firearm or knife.
Public disorder and weapons
Includes offences which cause fear, alarm, distress or a possession of a weapon such as a firearm.
Public order
Includes offences which cause fear, alarm or distress.
Robbery
Includes offences where a person uses force or threat of force to steal.
Shoplifting
Includes theft from shops or stalls.
Theft from the person
Includes crimes that involve theft directly from the victim (including handbag, wallet, cash, mobile phones) but without the use or threat of physical force.
Vehicle crime
Includes theft from or of a vehicle or interference with a vehicle.
Violence and sexual offences
Includes offences against the person such as common assaults, Grievous Bodily Harm and sexual offences.

A complete mapping between Home Office Offence Codes and the Categories on Police.uk can be downloaded here

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Do you have crime data in more detail and from an earlier time period?

No –  we get asked this a lot –  what you see is all we have. We usually advise people to contact Police Forces directly for this information.

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Do you use the crime outcomes data?

No, but we might in the future.

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How do you account for crimes with no location?

Crimes with no location are still given a crime category and are attached to a particular Police Force. So we include them under our National Picture page totals and under the Police Forces page. However, as there are no geo-coordinates, they are not matched to any postcodes, geospatial shapes like neighbourhoods, constituencies, LSOAs etc.

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What does your property price data not show?

According to the Land Registry, it does not include;

  • all commercial transactions. By this we mean any transaction that involves a transfer to a corporate body, company or business
  • sales that have not been lodged with Land Registry.
  • sales that were not for full market value. By this we mean, the sale of part of a property, a share of a property or the sale of a property at a discount. Examples include a repossession sale or a transfer between parties on divorce
  • transfers, conveyances, assignments or leases at a premium with nominal rent which are:
    • ‘Right to buy’ sales at a discount
    • subject to a lease
    • subject to an existing mortgage
    • buy to let (where they can be identified by a mortgage deed)
    • to effect the sale of a share in a property
    • by way of a gift
    • under a compulsory purchase order
    • under a court order
    • to Trustees appointed under Deed of appointment
  • Vesting Deeds Transmissions or Assents of more than one property
  • Leases for seven years or less
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Why are your LSOA matchings slightly different to Police.uk?

First of all, we started matching crime locations to Lower Layer Super Output Areas (and all other shapes) some time before Police.uk released this data ready matched to LSOAs. Our chosen methodology at the time was to match all crimes to within the boundaries of every shape – including LSOA. Sometimes, a crime’s location may fall almost exactly on the dividing line between 2 LSOAs, typically in the middle of a street. In our case, we have always matched it the side of the boundary it falls on. Police.uk use a different methodology – in that scenario they match it to the LSOA with the nearest centre point of the LSOA. As all crime is semi-anonymised in its location, we consider neither approach to be more accurate than the other.  For consistency, we use this system across all of the geospatial shapes. In any event, they are small difference – for example a monthly total under one system could be 723 and 717 for another, like here http://ukcrimestats.com/LSOA/E01033658.

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