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Analysing Police-Recorded Data

Citation: Brimicombe, Allan (2016) Analysing Police-Recorded Data. Legal Information Management, 16 (2). pp. 71-77. ISSN 1472-6696 (In Press)


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The quarterly bulletins on crime statistics in England and Wales are compiled from two sets of data: crime survey and police-recorded crime. Whilst the former is considered to give the most reliable trends, the latter has a greater level detail for a fuller spectrum of crimes types. This paper explores the advantages and problems of analysing police-recorded data for the insights they contain. This is illustrated by examples from an analysis of domestic violence.

Additional Information: Allan Brimicombe is Professor of Geo-Information at the University of East London. For the past two decades he has focused on knowledge discovery in large transactions databases including police-recorded crime, accident and emergency admissions and a wide range of business data. He is a Director of the British Society of Criminology and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. This is a pre-print of an article which will be published in Legal Information Management in 2016. It has been developed by the author (Allan Brimicombe) from a paper he gave at “Sources and Methods in Criminology and Criminal Justice: a national socio-legal training day” at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies on Friday 20 November 2015. The workshop was jointly organised by the British Library, the British Society of Criminology, the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies and the Socio-Legal Studies Association.
Creators: Brimicombe, Allan and
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Subjects: Law
Keywords: crime, crime statistics, data analysis, police-recorded crime, domestic violence, criminology, criminal justice, law and humanities, legal research, legal scholarship, legal sources
Divisions: Institute of Advanced Legal Studies
  • 15 June 2016 (accepted)
  • 15 June 2016 (published)


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