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What is SafeStats?

What is SafeStats?

SafeStats is a large repository of crime and public safety data held at City Hall, made available to authorised professionals via a set of web-based data interrogation tools. We feel it is important that professionals working in this area have access to accurate and up-to-date data from a wide range of agencies in order to ensure a wide scope for their analyses. As large numbers of crimes go unreported, we offer the most comprehensive and current picture of crime and safety in London today.

We hold datasets for each of the following agencies, updated monthly:

  • Metropolitan Police Service
  • British Transport Police
  • London Ambulance Service
  • Transport for London
  • London Fire Brigade
  • Hospital Emergency Departments

Our users come from a variety of organisations and backgrounds, and being a part of this group also provides networking and analysis-sharing opportunities. 

The data can be interrogated in its rawest format through our simple download tool, SafeStats Query. Mapping and Trending tools are currently in development. With permission from data providers, we also upload aggregated SafeStats datasets onto the London Datastore. 

What is in the data?

Metropolitan Police Service

The MPS provide us with a monthly dataset, covering crime and disorder offences and incidents in the 32 boroughs in their jurisdiction.

  • The data is aggregated (numbered counts for each geographical area) and in most cases is available at borough, ward and sub-ward (LSOA) level
  • This data goes back to June 2007 for boroughs, January 2001 for wards, and August 2007 for sub-wards
  • This data is extracted by the MPS around the second week of the month following the one they are reporting on. This slight delay may result in small differences between Safestats figures and those released officially, but our data is more up-to-date data
  • Crime counts recorded by SO18 (Airports) are not available separately in SafeStats downloads and are amalgamated into the data for Hillingdon.

The MPS categories are:

Assaults: notifiable offences committed of ABH, assault with injury, common assault, GBH, murder and harassment

Burglary: notifiable offences committed of residential burglary and burglary in other buildings

Criminal Damage: notifiable offences committed of criminal damage to dwellings, motor vehicles, and other buildings

Drugs: notifiable drug offences

Fraud: counts of fraud per victim rather than per offence

Theft and handling: notifiable offences committed of theft from/of motor vehicles, shoplifting, pedal cycle theft, and pickpocketing

Robbery: notifiable offences committed of robbery of personal and business property

Sex Offences: notifiable offences committed of rape and other sexual offences

Weapon Possession: notifiable offence committed of possession of offensive weapon

Anti-Social Behaviour: all incidents of anti-social behaviour recorded at ward level on a rolling 2 year basis

 

London Ambulance Service (LAS)

The LAS provide us with a monthly dataset covering all of the incidents to which they are called out.

This data is especially useful for filling gaps around potentially under-reported crime (such as gang-related activity).

  • The data is non-aggregated and so contains the information for each of the incidents that make up the overall count
  • The data goes back to April 2001 and is coded to the nearest Output Area, and then aggregated up
  • Other useful information available includes the age and sex of the victim

Working with the LAS, we have categorised the incidents into useful sub-groups including incidents and injuries that are Knife, Gun or other weapon-related, are of a Sexual nature, relate to Drug & Alcohol overdoses, and Dog-bite related.

 

Transport for London (TfL)

TfL provide us with a monthly dataset covering all crime and disorder-related incidents that have occurred on, or are related to, London's buses.

  • The data is non-aggregated and so contains the data for each of the incidents that make up the overall count
  • The data goes back to April 2001 and is coded to the Easting/Northing point level (and therefore available for all geographic levels)
  • Other useful information available includes the bus and its route

The TfL categories are:

Anti-social behaviour: incidents of anti-social behaviour both on and off the bus; youth-related; alcohol-related

Assaults: assaults on staff and passengers, on and off the bus

Criminal damage: incidents of graffiti to buses and other buildings; objects being thrown at buses; other damage to vehicles or buildings (such as bus stops and shelters)

Fraud: broken down into incidents discovered by members of TfL staff and those by Revenue Protection Inspectors

Theft and handling: incidents of pickpocketing, thefts from staff and thefts from passengers

Robbery: incidents of personal robbery, business robbery and robbery of staff and passengers

 

London Fire Brigade (LFB)

The LFB provide us with a monthly dataset covering all of the incidents that they’re called out to.

  • The data is non-aggregated and so contains the data for each of the incidents that make up the overall count
  • The data is held for as far back as April 2001 and is coded to the Easting/Northing point level of the location attended (and therefore available for all geographic levels)

The LFB categories are:

Hoax Calls: all call-outs determined as hoax or malicious, representing a form of anti-social behaviour

Arson: all call-outs relating to all deliberate fires, representing a form of anti-social behaviour

Deliberate house fires: all call-outs to the London Fire Brigade relating to house fires started deliberately, representing a form of anti-social behaviour

 

Accident & Emergency Data

As part of the Home Office Information Sharing to Tackle Violence (ISTV) project, hospitals are encouraged to record additional information at their A&E receptions around the injuries suffered by victims of violence. This is with the aim of then sharing with other public safety bodies to enrich ongoing preventative work and identify new priorities.

SafeStats was chosen by the Home Office to source, store, process and visualise data from over 25 hospitals in London to enable analysis by colleagues in fields from preventative health, emergency medicine and health analytics. By hosting this data within SafeStats, it can be viewed and analysed by users across London alongside over 15 million SafeStats records from the providers listed above.

A unique geocoding priocess has been developed that takes the freetext incident location information and evaluates its potential for address-matching quality, subsequently placing it on a map at point, street centrepoint, electoral ward, or borough level depending on its quality. This information, as well as other fields relating to the incident are available via an interactive web applicaton or in raw data form on the SafeStats Data Forum. 

 

British Transport Police (BTP)

The BTP provide us with a monthly dataset covering crime and disorder offences and incidents that take place in London’s National Rail and Underground network London (including DLR).

  • The data is non-aggregated (so contains data for each of the incidents that make up the overall count)
  • The data goes back to June 2001 and is coded to the nearest station (so is also aggregated up to borough level)

The BTP categories are:

Anti-social behaviour: begging, drunken behaviour, stone throwing and trespassing

Assaults: offences such as racially-aggravated assault

Burglary: offences of burglary from transport buildings such as warehouses, booking offices, stores and workshops

Criminal damage: offences such as graffiti

Drugs: offences such as cannabis possession and class A offences

Theft: areas such as theft of business property, pedal cycles, personal property and vehicles

Robbery: offences such as personal robberies

Sex offences: offences such as exposure, sexual assault, rape and other public indecencies

Weapon possession: offences such as possession of an offensive weapon

Praise for SafeStats

‘SafeStats is the only pan-London resource and knowledge sharing forum for crime analysts, regardless of the organisation they work for’, Metropolitan Police Analyst

‘the [SafeStats] service is invaluable and very relevant to us, especially in these austere times, when information sharing and cross partner work is vital’, Partnership Analyst, London Borough

‘We believe that SafeStats Data probably delivers concrete savings across London Community Safety Partnerships and allows analysts to focus on their primary role – analysis – rather than data gathering, cleaning and formatting’, Strategic Assessment Lead, London Borough

‘The updates seem to just get better and better’, Partnership Crime Analyst, London Borough

Getting in touch

Please contact us if you require further information:

  • email: [email protected]
  • telephone: 020 7983 6561 or 020 7983 4723
  • twitter: @safestats
  • post: Safestats, Intelligence Unit, Greater London Authority, City Hall, Queens Walk, London, SE1 2AA