Journal Article

Plotting Crimes: Too True to Be Good? The Rationale and Risks behind Crime Mapping in the UK

Fraser Sampson and Fiona Kinnear

in Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice

Volume 4, issue 1, pages 15-27
Published in print January 2010 | ISSN: 1752-4512
Published online July 2009 | e-ISSN: 1752-4520 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/police/pap015
Plotting Crimes: Too True to Be Good? The Rationale and Risks behind Crime Mapping in the UK

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Fraser Sampson L.L.B., L.L.M., M.B.A., Solicitor, is Chief Executive of the West Yorkshire Police Authority, and Fiona Kinnear B.Sc. (Hons) is Research Director at the Authority. Working closely with the West Yorkshire Police, the West Yorkshire Police Authority has been leading the way in crime mapping in England and Wales since 2005. Beatcrime, their award-winning website, is unique in using dots-on-maps to show recorded crimes and trends down to street level and to make that information available to the public. While this approach has been recognized by bodies such as the National Policing Improvement Agency, the question of how much detail the public are entitled to expect from their criminal justice agencies and how much those agencies should withhold remains a contentious area in the UK. This article considers some of the competing arguments against the backdrop of increasing demands for public access to civic data.

Journal Article.  6416 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Policing

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