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  • Greater Manchester Police data still missing from July 2019

    February 4th, 2020

    From July 2019 onwards, see here . I should add this is not our fault but according to our source data from:

    https://data.police.uk/changelog/

    Greater Manchester Police: Due to a change in IT systems no crime or outcome data is available from July 2019 onwards. The force are working to rectify this issue and provide the missing data over the coming months.”

    I’m totally sympathetic to IT projects running late but the country’s third largest city shouldn’t really have to do without crime data for 6 months.

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    Article source: http://ukcrimestats.com/blog/2020/02/03/greater-manchester-police-data-still-missing-from-july-2019/

    Constituency Crime % changes – who’s right?

    January 16th, 2020

    Just over a couple of weeks ago, the Sunday Times ran a story with the headline “Burglaries rise by 68% of Boris Johnson’s seat“. As we’ve been collating constituency level crime data for almost 9 years, I thought we’d see if our numbers agree.

    And they didn’t.

    On that figure alone, from our own data, there were 977 burglaries from Dec 2018-Nov 2019 and 657 from Dec 2017-Nov 2018, giving a 49% increase. So Boris’s seat – Uxbridge and South Ruislip – actually came second to Hove, not first, in the total percentage increase in burglaries.

    During our investigations, we discovered what we believe is a bug in the api which we have just reported to data.police.uk – meaning that if you match a shapefile to the api, some crimes, some very far away, not in that shapefile will be matched to it.

    Our methodology has always been to match the raw street level data to the shapefiles ourselves, making such an error not possible.

    You can always find out yourself over any time period, how constituencies compare by subscribing to UKCrimeStats.com and running reports from the Constituencies page.

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    Article source: http://ukcrimestats.com/blog/2020/01/16/constituency-crime-changes-whos-right/

    Monthly price going up soon

    December 19th, 2019

    All existing subcribers will remain unchanged on £2.99 a month. Our new rate will be £4.99. Still great value and we’ve done a lot of improvements over the year with many more to come.

    So if you’re thinking of subscribing as a monthly recurring payment, best to commit now to save money. Our annual and lifetime rates will remain unchanged.

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    Article source: http://ukcrimestats.com/blog/2019/12/19/monthly-price-going-up-soon/

    Subscribers now see no ads

    December 5th, 2019

    Google ads – which are set automatically by google – have suddenly got a lot more invasive of late on UKCrimeStats – I’ve even had to go through a page to get to where I want. So we’ve made a change for our subcribers. When they are logged in, there will be no ads displayed at all.

    This actually makes the user experience far more agreeable. And another reason to subscribe.

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    Article source: http://ukcrimestats.com/blog/2019/12/05/subscribers-now-see-no-ads/

    Subscribers now see no ads

    December 5th, 2019

    Google ads – which are set automatically by google – have suddenly got a lot more invasive of late on UKCrimeStats – I’ve even had to go through a page to get to where I want. So we’ve made a change for our subcribers. When they are logged in, there will be no ads displayed at all.

    This actually makes the user experience far more agreeable. And another reason to subscribe.

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    Article source: http://ukcrimestats.com/blog/2019/12/05/subscribers-now-see-no-ads/

    Using the Heatmap

    November 26th, 2019

    The leading crime and postcode data research and analysis platform

    Article source: http://ukcrimestats.com/blog/2019/11/26/using-the-heatmap/

    Revisions coming through – Hampshire Constabulary

    November 16th, 2019

    An eagle-eyed customer of ours noticed something was adrift with Hampshire Constabulary’s ASB monthly totals from April 2018 – basically, they appear to be several times lower than before. I got in touch directly with Hampshire and they agreed. As soon as the revisions are posted to data.police.uk – we can go back and revise.

    It’s a good example of why it’s important to make crime data open – because mistakes happen and errors are more likely to be seen and corrected when the data is visible.

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    Article source: http://ukcrimestats.com/blog/2019/11/16/revisions-coming-through-hampshire-constabulary/

    New features and updates

    November 5th, 2019

    Here at UKCrimeStats, each month we don’t just update monthly crime data, but also property prices and corporate and commercial ownership data of property. Every few months, when the data is available, we update postcodes and boundaries. Less often than that, we would update energy, broadband data. We anticipate bringing road accident data forward shortly.

    You can track our updates on this page.

    In the meantime, we are always looking to do something new – so by popular request, we are bringing in crime heatmaps to work across every shape – constituency, ward, postcode sector etc. so you can just see at a glance where the distribution of reported geolocated crime is and is not in a known area.

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    Article source: http://ukcrimestats.com/blog/2019/11/05/new-features-and-updates/

    Ofcom’s Postcode Broadband Connectivity Data now on UKCrimeStats

    August 7th, 2019

    So where are the worst and best broadband spots across the whole country?

    Using our new feature https://ukcrimestats.com/Broadband/ you can find out. I’m always amazed how many people buy or move into any new place without having a serious idea of how good the broadband and mobile connectivity data is. And I would include myself in that category. But this should help you.

    We have matched the official broadband connectivity data released by Ofcom by postcode to the postcode centroids (a latitude/longitude fix for each of the 1.6 million postcodes) to every geospatial shape, population by postcode census figure and households by postcode figure to give you new insights into the unfortunately, still rather large broadband not-spots across the country. You can also rank results and export all of them to excel for further analysis.

    Some caveats;

    1. the number of households (data we’ve inserted – approx 28 million) is not the same as the number of premises (homes + buildings not lived in – approx 30 million). However, the superfast contracts – bringing fibre to the cabinet – actually didn’t include business parks/premises (poor decision, that one imho). Some of those left-behind buldings have since pursued their own solutions which are off Ofcom’s radar. And most have not.
    2. Residential populations have changed a bit since the 2011 census, mostly upwards. Precise figures available with the next census in 2021.
    3. Ofcom’s data is from mid-2018. Granted, there has been quite a lot of progress since then. Depending on whom you believe, UK full fibre coverage extends between 7% and 3% across the whole country. BT’s own Openreach “fibre” checker nevertheless now refers to the same Ofcom data. And there is some debate about whether the 7% includes premises passed, premises connected and premises actually buying full fibre to the premises products. Even then, some of it – thinking of KCOM in Hull – seems to offer full fibre products at copper speeds.
    4. Postcode unit shapes do not fit nicely inside any other geospatial shape like constituency, ward etc. – if only! They overlap. So this is an approximation, but a good one because the middle of a postcode, the centroid is applied consistently across all 1.6 million. So in the round, it’s accurateish.
    5. We are working on the data on Scotland – coming very soon, equally Northern Ireland.
    6. This is not a caveat, if you want serious accuracy for all – government really should release the full postcode address file (i.e. 1 acme road, town, postcode x 28 million), the uprn (individual premises building number with a lat/long) for every building and the full postcode unit shape, all free of charge. At the moment, only big business can afford to pay the fees to government financed/protected monopolies for these (Ordnance Survey/Post Office). That’s actually a disgrace because it tilts the barriers to entry against start-ups and small businesses who will drive our future innovatiuon and growth from zero to 1. I used to push this argument a lot with my former colleagues at the Institute of Directors. Understandably, bright as many people are in the policy world, not many have the data brains to get to grips with it, unless they work with data. I’m very hopeful that the new Boris government will see the light and unleash creative spirits by taking this extremely high yielding – and – cheap step forward. Open data has lost its way, it’s time to re-invigorate the cause.

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    Article source: http://ukcrimestats.com/blog/2019/08/07/ofcoms-postcode-broadband-connectivity-data-now-on-ukcrimestats/