Throughout human history, crime has been a pervasive problem operating at the fringes of everyday society. Policing has existed for almost as long as civilisation itself, with most leaders recognising that the safety, property and rights of individuals need to be protected for society to function normally. Now, in the 21st century, we have more sophisticated techniques with which to confront the problem of crime, employing automated data capture techniques to better understand and analyse criminal behaviour. The website UKCrimeStats.com is an incredible resource, revealing all the latest crime statistics for every region across the UK. So what can we do to fix some of the more distressing figures, and how can data capture and analysis help? Read on to find out.
Crime statistics such as those compiled on the UKCrimeStats.com website help us to identify and map criminal trends ahead of time, allowing law enforcement professionals to react to emerging problems before they occur. Much of the data makes for illuminating reading. The riots of August 2011, for example, were prefigured by a rise in anti-social crime, burglary and robbery across the UK beginning as early as March. The signs were there for all to see had we but analysed them correctly. By using automated data capture processes to measure crime statistics, we can identify patterns of criminal behaviour that could prefigure future problems.
Aside from allowing us to identify and map criminal trends, however, crime statistics allow law enforcement agencies to measure their progress over time and determine whether crime fighting initiatives have been working. By looking at the UKCrimeStats.com statistics, for example, we can see that total incidents of criminal behaviour have fallen by more than 30% over the course of two years (April 2011 – April 2013). While monthly fluctuations suggest that the overall percentage decrease isn’t as significant as these figures would have us believe, UK law enforcement agencies can still be confident of their progress.
While statistical analysis can show us that progress has been made over the past few years, the data will tell us that there are still areas to be improved. Violent crime statistics are still higher than many people are comfortable with, while the annual increase in burglary and robbery that occurs over the festive period certainly needs addressing. Fortunately, automated data capture processes allow us to identify and understand crime trends and figures, their causes and their effects. Employing more thorough and more accurate crime data statistics will allow us to more effectively confront crime in future.
Our police data capture services can help to make your law enforcement efforts more cost-effective and successful in future, working to address the problem of crime in a practical way. If you’d like to know more about how our data capture solutions can help you to fight crime more effectively, contact us today.