Crime Mapping Coverage

The Home Office has announced that crime mapping is now available for all 43 Police forces in England and Wales.

These have been implemented on a force by force basis so there is not as yet a consistent way to access each of them. You are instead advised:

To see a crime map for your area, go to the website of your local force and search for ‘crime map’.

To facilitate this, a full list of links to the individual Police force sites is available on the national Police website.

Feedback on the different implementations would be interesting to inform the next steps for crime mapping development.

It should also be an objective of this process to create better availability and consistency of the underlying crime data sets so that other parties can innovate with their own versions of crime maps.

Richard Allan, Task Force Chair

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7 responses to “Crime Mapping Coverage

  1. Dave

    I can’t find a map at the Cambridgeshire site, searching didn’t help, not mentioned in site map.

  2. I think the most interesting point about the crime mapping experience has been that forces were given a specific deadline, and a very tight one (relatively) at that, to do something very specific. And even if only by a matter of hours in some cases, they all achieved it.

    The variation in approaches will probably be a good thing. People will just find it easier to look at the 43 different sites, and say what they like and dislike about each. As us professionals often forget, most people don’t have the ability to see beyond what’s immediately in front of them. For all the time you spend describing how something might be, it only truly registers when they can see it, touch it, interact with it.

    Best practice will evolve, and we’ll move steadily – maybe over 2 or 3 iterations – to a more consistent experience which is better all round.

  3. Richard

    I will put your request on my site, but before I do, can you clarify. Are you looking for feedback on the internal processes and issues which assisted or hindered the development and implementation of the crime mapping websites OR implementation issues from a useability/customer perspective ?

    Mike

  4. ricallan

    Thanks, Mike.

    I had the latter in mind, i.e. what do people think of these crime maps now they have been produced and what could be done to improve them.

    But, reflections on the process to get here are also of interest as in Simon’s comment above.

  5. Denis Payne

    What do people think of the maps? Well, at least some of them (and this includes the Cambridgeshire one) aren’t fully working yet. Yes, there’s a map, but everywhere is “average” for crime, all crimes. That’ll be sorted, soon, hopefully.

    My other question is whether there is any concensus on the smallest area – is it ward? SOA? OA? Ward (as Cambridgeshire) seems over-large – OA may be too small.

    And can I ask a naive question – if crime stats are standardised why is this something having to be done by every force? Why not just merge the stats nationally, and map it centrally?

    Debates about minimum areas and the like then only have to be had once …

  6. I found the crime maps often hard find on a random selection of different police forces. Very hard to navigate. Also the information when it did appear was minimal. Any chance of showing us a really rich implementation? I’ll try again just in case i’m a lame user (although unlikely)

  7. simon oaks

    I have looked at most of the sites, and nearly all of them are not actually providing “crime mapping”. They tend to have a (very poor) heatmap, with a lot of tabulated data to the side, not on the map. The postcode and placename searching is very poor and usually fails, and they are generally very difficult to use and extract information from. I just hope they are not viewed as good examples of what can be done with mapping!

    More importantly, all the RKH/ISYS provided solutions do not actually allow you to extract the whole forces’ data in one go. you have to go to each individual ward and then download a CSV file. I thought the idea of this was to not only enable people to view figures, but to also be able to take the data for their own projects? If so, they should make all the data available in one download.

    Very poor attempt at mapping data, considering the high quality and advanced solutions that can be found in today’s market.

    Of course, many forces probably do not want the information to be easily found, view or extracted. The Home Office should have commissioned a national single solution via a single website.

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