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  • Who has bought the most properties recently?

    April 10th, 2019

    The answer according to the Land Registry data, which you can query with our website here – is the Anchor Hanover Group who have taken ownership fo 1870 properties between December 2018 and February 2019 alone. AHG have a line in retirement homes according to their website.

    After AHG, it’s Torus62 (me neither, but they are big) with 1673. Read more about them here.

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    Article source: http://ukcrimestats.com/blog/2019/04/09/who-has-bought-the-most-freeholds-recently/

    We don’t accept 3rd party infographics

    April 5th, 2019

    About once a week, somebody emails me wanting to place an infographic on our website about crime statistics and security solutions to drive traffic to their webiste and push their product at no cost to themselves. Nothing commercially wrong with that. And I would go further, crime preventative measures should in general be much more part of the conversation rather than crime solving. However, we don’t accept inforgraphics because invariably they are not using our data – which we can verify – and basically they want free advertising.

    Moreover, often enough, it’s not even relevant – like an infographic on crime data in the USA !

    We also have a big responsibility here. Our primary mission is to make clear what the crime data actually shows – warts and all. I will never sugarcoat the gaps and limitations in crime data. And running this website does cost money – developer time, servers, analytical time etc.

    We are not paid for by government like www.police.uk (a monopoly a bit like the BBC but with a much larger market share – 95%) or given uncompetitive advantages – first use and discriminatory access to the data.

    So we work very hard to differentiate ourselves and offer much more sophtisticated insights, including now on property price, Land Registry corporate ownership data and energy consumption. That’s why need your subscriptions, data purchases and bespoke requirements to keep us going. UKCrimestats.com evolved out of a think tank I launched a decade ago, with the principal aim of closing the gap between policy and knowledge. And with this website, we have come a long way in doing that and want to keep doing so.

    If you are someone who wants to buy advertising space on our website, request bespoke data research on something else, please get in touch on crime@economicpolicycentre.com .

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    Article source: http://ukcrimestats.com/blog/2019/04/04/we-dont-accept-3rd-party-infographics/

    New! Search Corporate Ownership of Property across the country

    March 8th, 2019

    So we are excited to tell you about a new feature – taking the Land Registry data – approximately 3.5 million pieces of land/building owned by a UK or offshore corporation, we have geospatially matched all of them to all of the subdivisions, postcode sectors/districts and of course postcode.

    What this means is you can ask the query between (starting from) January 1864 and the latest date, in a specific area which company purchased the most?

    You can also search for properties held by the Corporation name or just by postcode – show me which company owns property in this postcode. It is an invaluable tool for quick information on an area.

    You just need to subscribe to access this – just click on Corporate from the menu above between Fusion and Energy.

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    Article source: http://ukcrimestats.com/blog/2019/03/08/new-search-corporate-ownership-of-property-across-the-country/

    The Top 10 Largest Owners of Property Titles in England and Wales

    March 8th, 2019

    Using our new feature, see “Corporate” on the menu above, you can now find out exactly which corporations own what where. An invaluable tool. So I thought you may be interested to know who the top 10 owners were by the number of properties;

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    Article source: http://ukcrimestats.com/blog/2019/03/08/the-top-10-largest-owners-of-property-titles-in-england-and-wales/

    Any problems/questions? Always get in touch!

    January 28th, 2019

    I don’t bite !

    We just had an example where I wish people would get in touch more quickly. Our fault, a bug. We discovered that there was a short while when new Paypal subscribers were not being written to our membership database – so they were not able to access UKCrimeStats as subscribers. Only one of them told me which is why I didn’t immediately realise what was going on. Everyone of those have now got access. Those who cancelled have had a full refund and 3 months free membership. I have written to all parties concerned.

    We have also recently renewed our SSL certificate and all www.ukcrimestats.com addresses start with https which means that you see the green padlock sign next to it and that it is secure.

    Always, always feel free to get in touch direct with me on dan@economicpolicycentre.com or on 07900 245 306 if you have any problems or questions.

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    Article source: http://ukcrimestats.com/blog/2019/01/28/any-problems-questions-always-get-in-touch/

    Crime updated to October

    December 9th, 2018

    London Metropolitan Police have included September this time, so a 2 month update for them. Cheshire Constabulary still has no ASB data – 6 months running – and Gwent is missing burglary. Their ASB count is also lower than it should be.

    Something has happened in the last couple of years. It now seems routine and acceptable each month for a at least a couple of the Police Forces to report data that is obviously wrong. I have written to the Home Office in the past to no effect. Better now to write to the relevant Commissioners.

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    Article source: http://ukcrimestats.com/blog/2018/12/08/crime-updated-to-october/

    Property prices now up to October

    December 6th, 2018

    We are currently updating crime – and in the case of the London Metropolitan Police, September as well. Will be live shortly.

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    Article source: http://ukcrimestats.com/blog/2018/12/06/property-prices-now-up-to-october/

    Crime by the day of the week?

    December 5th, 2018

    An interesting question just put to me by somebody by email, do we have it and which day is more likely to have what kind of crime?

    But we don’t have it, all crime data is timestamped by month and year only, for Home Office reasons of data anonymity.

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    Article source: http://ukcrimestats.com/blog/2018/12/04/crime-by-the-day-of-the-week/

    For your protection – UKCrimeStats is a secure https site . . .

    November 21st, 2018

    Obviously as a crime data site handling payment, you have to be an example. It was however recently pointed out to us that we were not. Basically, images uploaded via wordpress must have an https link otherwise the whole page is deemed to be insecure. This has now been fixed. But you will see that all of our pages are now https and show up as having the padlock sign in the url display of your browser which is more than having an SSL certificate (which we do – GoDaddy).

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    Article source: http://ukcrimestats.com/blog/2018/11/20/for-your-protection-ukcrimestats-is-a-secure-https-site/

    Crime now updated to September 2018 – but . . .

    November 9th, 2018

    You should know that as with every month, there are a few Forces that have either not updated on time or are incomplete. These are;

    Metropolitan Police Force – no September data at all

    Cheshire Constabulary – no ASB incidents for September (or indeed since February – pretty unlikely)

    Bedfordshire Police – missing August and July

    Cambridgshire Constabulary – still missing May, June, July, August

    Thames Valley Police – have only reported ASB incidents but no crimes at all for September

    We will keep going back and checking for updates every month. However the Home Office really needs to up their game in getting Police Forces to report in time – which they always used to.

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    Article source: http://ukcrimestats.com/blog/2018/11/09/crime-now-updated-to-september-2018-but/