What it is: Crime Data is a new product offering which brings 3+ years of historical and ongoing crime data and is available as a data layer that can be toggled on/off. Coverage is mostly focused on the United States, although some global coverage is available. 

Crime Data can be visualized as a heat map or displayed as a data signal where individual instances of crime are plotted on the map or in a data feed.

Historical Crime - Data Layer within Geo Risks

Note: Clients with Real-Time Threat Detection can access Crime Data through Geo Risks. For clients without, Crime Data is accessible through the Principal - Monitoring view. (See section below.)

The Crime Data heat map is initially displayed across states and as you zoom in will update to form heat maps of counties, cities, and more granular boundaries.

To drill down into crime details, click on an area within the heat map, then select the crime category on the side panel.

From here you can see the individual crimes that are logged and key attributes including approximate address, date, category, description, and the local authority that reported it.

You can also scroll down on the side panel to view Metrics on the crime data. Toggle through bar charts, trend charts, and heat maps to visualize regional data:

Principal View - Crime Data and Heat Map

To view the crime heat map in relation to your Principals: Open a Principal and navigate to the Monitoring tab. Enable the Crime Data layer to see the heat map, or toggle on Crime Data as a feed within Data Filters. 

Within Principal Monitoring, crime data is also available as a data feed:

Why it matters: It is important for a wide variety of teams to have access to Crime Data in order to make better decisions that keep people safe. From planning travel for employees and executives, to evaluating locations to host a conference - there are many situations where people need access to crime data to make the best possible decisions.

Enable Crime Data as a Feed in a Custom Dashboard

What is it: When creating a custom dashboard, you can enable Crime Data as a Data Feed which will show individual crime incidents plotted on the map (as opposed to a heat map within the Standard Dashboard). You can enable Crime Data alongside other Feeds, and then apply Data Filters.

  1. Add a new Dashboard and enable Crime Data as a source

  1. When displaying the custom Dashboard, toggle on Crime Data within Feeds, and the data will be plotted on the map:

Note: Custom Geo Risks dashboards are only available for clients with Real-Time Threat Detection. Otherwise, to see Crime Data as a Feed, enable the Data Filter within the Principal - Monitoring view. (See separate notes section below.)

Why it matters: The Feed view of Crime Data gives Users an alternative way of visualizing the data more granularly than from a heat map. This is useful for deciphering analytics for specific neighborhoods and streets, as opposed to general statistics for larger regions.

Compare Areas for Crime Statistics

What is it:  The ability to compare two or more areas for historical crime statistics. 

  1. When you have an area selected on the map, select “Compare Area”.

  1. As you continue to select more areas on the map, they will be added into the comparison. In the top right corner, you can select the time horizon that you would like to compare: year by year, month by month, or a custom time range.

  1. In the top right corner, you can enable full screen or toggle the time range of comparison. 

Why it matters: Comparison analysis on Crime Data between locations is critical for decision making. “Compare Area” gives context behind the data and allows you to understand any trends that may occur at specific times a year. The ability to understand how crime is trending by area is critical for teams to make safe decisions involving travel, selecting hotels, opening new stores, along with many other use cases.

Metrics: Build Custom Widgets using Crime Data

What is it: The ability to build out custom Metrics widgets using Crime Data as a data source. In addition to the standard widgets available, you can also customize the widgets to account for specific use cases such as: visualize crime trends over time and sort by category. In addition to building out custom dashboards, you can also embed these widgets into Reports.

In addition to custom dashboards, you can also access the standard dashboard for Crime Data which has pre-built widgets that can be applied to any location. This includes crime breakdowns by week, month, and time of day.

  1. When creating a new Metrics dashboard, select Dashboard Type ‘Crime Data’:

  1. Within Field and Measures, input your X-axis. Crime Category is the label to show the breakdown between classifications (Assault, Burglary, Vandalism, etc). In the Value field, “Crime News Signal Count” can be applied to count specific instances of crime within your filters.

  1. Important: When building your widgets, it’s important to apply the location coordinates attribute within the Filters section to the area where you want to pull data. You can enter a location (Ex. New York, New York) and apply a custom radius around the location. This can be applied to multiple locations within a single widget (Ex. A filter applied for each office/Principal location).

  1. In Chart Preview, toggle between the different graphs:

  1. Add multiple widgets to a custom Crime dashboard:

  1. You can embed these widgets when building a custom report:

Why it matters: Understanding the historical context and trends for crime data are critical for making the best possible decisions to keep people safe. Support for Crime Data within Metrics allows you to turn data into meaningful insights so you can make the best possible decisions. 

Create Geo Map Widgets

What is it: The ability to embed snapshots of the Crime Data heat map and Metrics widgets into Reports. 

  1. When creating a new widget, select Geo Map Charts:

  1. In the map view, search your location and toggle the heat map using the buttons in the bottom right corner. You can select up to 4 heat map blocks which will be reflected in the crime comparison statistics. This will be the default view when launching a new dashboard. 

  1. Once you select your blocks and save, this will become the default location when launching the dashboard.

  2. These widgets are also able to be embedded into a custom report. 

Why it matters: Support for Crime Data within Reports gives the User the ability to provide context to their analysis. Teams can add explanations, security instructions and analysis side-by-side with the Crime Data captured.