Spatial Analysis Tools – CrimeStat

Software

Ned Levine (2009). CrimeStat: A Spatial Statistics Program for the Analysis of Crime Incident Locations (v 3.2). Ned Levine & Associates, Houston, TX, and the National Institute of Justice, Washington, DC. June.

CrimeStat III is Windows-based and interfaces with most desktop GIS programs. Specifically, CrimeStat inputs incident locations (e.g., robbery locations or other point event data) in “dbf,” “shp,” ASCII or ODBC-compliant formats using either spherical or projected coordinates. The program calculates various spatial statistics and writes graphical objects to packages such as ArcView, MapInfo, Atlas*GIS, Surfer for Windows, and ArcView Spatial Analyst.

A good overview of the CrimeStat program can be found in: Levine, N. 2006. Crime mapping and the CrimeStat program. Geographical Analysis 38: 41http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/CRIMESTAT/.

Downloading

CrimeStat can be downloaded from http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/CRIMESTAT/download.html.

This download site/webpage includes an excellent manual, sample datasets and older versions of the program. The main CrimeStat website (above) also includes a 117-page workbook written by Susan C. Smith and Christopher W. Bruce (2008) for the National Institute of Justice. This is another excellent instructional resource.

Related Books

Goldsmith, V., P.G. McGuire, J.B. Mollenkopf, and T.A. Ross. 1999. Analyzing Crime Patterns: Frontiers of Practice. Sage Publications: Thousand Oaks, CA.

Harries, K.D. 1999. Mapping Crime: Principle and Practice. Washington, DC (810 7th St. NW, Washington 20531): U.S. Dept. of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, National Institute of Justice, Crime Mapping Research Center. This book can be downloaded in full at http://www.ncjrs.org/pdffiles1/nij/178919.pdf.

Hirschfield, A. and K. Bowers. [Eds.]. 2001. Mapping and analyzing crime data: Lessons from research and practice Taylor and Francis, London, UK.

Useful Articles

Levine, N. 2006. Crime mapping and the CrimeStat program. Geographical Analysis 38: 41Social Science Computer Review 25(2): 259Social Science Computer Review 25(2): 239Symposium on Crime Mapping: [a Special Journal Issue of Social Science Computer Review]. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 2007. http://ssc.sagepub.com/cgi/content/refs/25/2/135

Links

National Archive of Criminal Justice Data: http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/NACJD/gis/index.html