The City of Dallas has created a new online tool for crime watchers. According to a release, their new interactive Crime Analytics dashboard can serve as a one-stop shop for most crime-related data.
Developed by the city’s Office of Data Analytics and Business Intelligence (DBI) in partnership with the Dallas Police Department (DPD), the website will help concerned citizens – as well as journalists who prefer to do their jobs within confines. from their cabins to track crime, but without compromising sensitive data.
Dallas Police Chief Eddie Garcia said it was part of their goal to facilitate transparency.
“As a department, we’re always looking for ways to build community trust and increase transparency. This new interactive dashboard does just that,” says Garcia. “I hope people will use this tool to find out more about what’s going on in their community, and also about the hard work the men and women of DPD put in every day to fight crime in our city.”
The dashboard can:
- View more crime-related data and information than previously available to the public. This was done without compromising the identity of the victim or any sensitive data.
- Provide crime heatmaps to show crime hotspots in the city.
The dashboard includes DPD data from the past two years and will be updated daily. The release says that beyond the benefit of transparency, it allows the public and city leaders to gain deeper insight into crime analysis in the City of Dallas.
For example, by hovering over figures and graphs, viewers can see from one year to the next crime trends for all categories of crimes.
The dashboard will also display metrics such as total crimes, violent crime, family violence, hate crimeand murder rate.
Analytics on the dashboard are organized by areas such as council ward, Postal codeand police areas such as to beat and report area.
“The goal of this dashboard was not only to share crime-related data and information with our community, but also to do so in a way that is easily understood by a viewer,” says Dr. Brita Andercheck , Chief Data Officer.
To this end, DBI has published a companion document history page Dashboard which provides instructions on navigating the Dashboard and using its interactive features.
- The first page, the Crime Overview page, is the main page and contains data for all crimes in the dashboard.
- The second page, the Victim Demographics page, displays aggregated data that provides an overview of victims of in-person crimes by race, ethnicity, gender, age, and anti-hate crime bias.
- The third page, the Crime by Day/Hour page, explores the “when” of crime by showing the breakdown of crimes by month, day, hour and police surveillance.
- The fourth page, the Response Times page, presents data for DPD response times and dispatched service calls. By default, it displays data for priority 1 calls, but you can use the Select Priority setting above the map to display data for priority 2, 3, and 4 calls. This page only displays data at the of the city and by police division.
An offense is classified into three levels: crime, category of crime and crime against.