UKCrimeStats is now updated to December 2013. We now have 37 months of data and over 3 calendar years. Since the very beginning, we’ve made huge strides and with your support, will continue to do so. If you like what we’re doing, please do like us on the facebook link.
We have introduced another free facility on UKCrimeStats. All valid postcodes across England, Wales and Northern Ireland are now matched to Lower Layer Super Output Areas and Northern Ireland Super Output Areas and percent-ranked according to crime rate – crimes per 1,000 residents over the last 24 months. We think this is the easiest way to compare all the crime categories across different areas relative to the national average. Try it – just enter in your postcode and wait a little bit while the results are calculated.
When Police.uk started back in January 2011, the UK had precisely the following number of criminal offences and ASB – 1,470 – which were categorised in the following way on www.police.uk ;
Burglary – 9
Robbery – 4
Violent – 144
Vehicle – 5
Other – 1293
ASB – 15
So out of a maximum potential of 1,470, breaking it down into 6 categories was not actually a very big step towards granularity even when the need for anonymisation was taken into account. Clearly, the “Other” category clearly did not tell you very much at all and contained a significant number of crimes that required no categorical or geospatial anonymity at all like bicycle theft. Crime data should be understood to exist in 3 subsets – about the crime, the offender and the victim. What we have here on www.ukcrimestats.com is limited information about the crime.
(The United States incidentally has over 5,000 types of criminal offences and arguably have long lost count).
So I thought it would be helpful to paste up a couple of images of the evolution of crime categories that we use which are passed down to us by our rival, the tax-funded monopoly (because it unquestionably has first use and discriminatory access to the data), www.police.uk .
Anyway, as we then anticipated, there have been a number of new categories created as illustrated above in response to public and commercial interest.
In more detail, here they are.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Neighbourhoods and postcodes automatically matched to NISOAs coming shortly.
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.
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.
As the UK is going through torturous negotiations over the strike price with EDF which may be as high as £100 a megawatt hour, I was fascinated to read that in China the nuclear price per kilowatt hour has just been set this July at the wholesale level of CNY 0.43 per kWh or 7 US cents/kWh – for all new nuclear power projects. At current exchange rates, that equates to about £47 per megawatt hour or half what we will probably pay here and right in line with our current wholesale market price.
Obviously it helps if you are currently building 28 nuclear power reactors and want as much as 400 GWe by 2050 as opposed to one or two within the next 9 years. But it also shows that when it comes to delivering nuclear power on the cheap, the UK has a lot to learn.
If it was up to me, the cheapest way would be to lay a second interconnector cable across the channel and buy nuclear power forward from France over 10 years. With France rapidly de-industrialising, I suspect there will be quite a lot to go around.
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.