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Local crime mapping

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Local crime mapping
The National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA) now provides crime mapping for all of the 43 police forces in England and Wales. Residents can search for a village, town, or postcode to access the latest information on a range of crime types and compare with other neighborhoods. Data is mapped using Bing Maps, with time series trends shown for the different crime types.
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Source:
Local Crime Mapping "CrimeMapper" (Local Information System)
http://maps.police.uk/
Interactive features
Yes, unspecified.
Benefits & pitfalls to avoid
  • Shaded maps can emphasise large areas much more than small ones - for example highlighting rural areas over urban, if fixed population areas such as Super Output Areas are shown. Consider providing an alternate mode in which values are represented by circles, or values are scaled by the area size (ie showing density).
Create your own
  • Chloropleth maps can be created in a range of desktop GIS applications such as MapInfo and ArcGIS.
  • There are several commercial tools for developing Dashboards, including Tableau. Some types of dashboard can be created in Excel, see the Microsoft Office site and Charts blog.
  • Tables can be created in a range of standard data applications such as Excel.