Use Crime Analysis

The Crime Analysis solution delivers a set of capabilities to help you manage incident data, conduct tactical and strategic analysis, perform investigative analysis and share web-based or hardcopy information products with decision-makers.

In this topic, you’ll learn how to use the Crime Analysis solution by exploring the Crime Analysis ArcGIS Pro project and key crime analysis workflows it supports.

The Getting started with Crime Analysis learn path includes a series of complementary web courses that can be used to learn how to use the  Crime Analysis solution.

Review the Crime Analysis project

Crime Analysis includes an ArcGIS Pro project with the Crime Analysis add-In. The project includes the Crime Analysis tab and ribbon that can be used to conduct a series of key analytical functions to support crime analysis. Before using the Crime Analysis tools with your data, familiarize yourself with the contents of the Crime Analysis project.

  1. Browse to the CrimeAnalysis folder and open the CrimeAnalysisSolution.aprx ArcGIS Pro project.
  2. On the ribbon, click the Crime Analysis tab. You will see the ribbon includes five groups of tools: Data Management, Selection, Analysis Tools and Information Products.
  3. On the View tab, in the Windows group, click Catalog, and click Catalog Pane.
  4. In the Catalog pane, expand Maps and review the sample maps and notes provided.

Manage incident data

To perform analysis, crime analysts must first import data from disparate record systems and prepare it for use in GIS. Data import and management activities like geocoding, date field transformations, and appending of spatial data must be performed daily. These time consuming but necessary activities leave little time for actual analysis, limiting analyst productivity. Crime Analysis provides tools to help analysts automate data import and simplify common data management activities.

To learn more about managing data using Crime Analysis, go to the CrimeAnalysisSolution ArcGIS Pro project and open the Enhance Attributes map.

Focus on specific incidents

Crime analysts ask a wide variety of analytical questions on behalf of the organizations they support, requiring them to query their data from a variety of date-based, spatial, and field attribute perspectives that can be challenging to perform without the use of GIS. Crime Analysis provides selection tools that can be used individually or in tandem to interrogate incident data and focus on specific problem subsets.

To learn more about performing selections using Crime Analysis, go to the CrimeAnalysisSolution ArcGIS Pro project and open the following maps:

  • Summarize Percent Change and Select Layer by Date and Time
  • Kernel Density and Minus
  • Import Incidents (Update Features With Incident Records)

Conduct tactical and strategic analysis

Crime analysts support the data-driven crime reduction efforts of law enforcement agencies by using tactical analysis methods to identify short-term crime patterns, and strategic analysis methods to support the identification and evaluation of long-term crime problems and trends. Central to these methods are spatial analysis, specifically hotspot identification, but analysts can be challenged with understanding which techniques are available and are appropriate to the type of analysis they are trying to perform. Crime Analysis curates new and traditional spatial analysis tools appropriate for tactical and strategic crime analysis, making it easy for analysts to discover the right tool for the job.

To learn more about conducting tactical and strategic analysis using Crime Analysis, go to the CrimeAnalysisSolution ArcGIS Pro project and open the following maps:

  • 80-20 Analysis
  • Colocation Analysis
  • Density-based Clustering
  • Kernel Density and Minus
  • Optimized Hotspot and Calendar Heat Chart
  • Summarize Incident Count
  • Summarize Percent Change and Select Layer by Date and Time
  • RNR-Calculate Prediction Zones
  • RNR-Export Near Repeat Calculator Table
  • RNR-Repeat and Near Repeat Classification 2D
  • RNR-Repeat and Near Repeat Classification 3D

Perform investigative analysis

Crime analysts support investigations by using data to explore the relationships between people, events, and locations. Investigative analysis helps investigators uncover criminal networks and understand suspect activity patterns through analysis of cell phone records, financial transactions, and other investigative data sources. These forms of analysis have previously required specialized, expensive, single-purpose software programs. Crime Analysis provides a set of analytical tools to support common investigative workflows such as cell phone analysis, financial analysis, temporal sequencing of GPS or incident data, and visualizing spatial relationships such as between locations of motor vehicle thefts with where those vehicles are recovered.

To learn more about performing investigative analysis using Crime Analysis, go to the CrimeAnalysisSolution ArcGIS Pro project and open the following maps:

  • CPA-2D Cell Phone Points to Track Segments
  • CPA-3D Cell Phone Points to Track Segments
  • CPA-Cell Site Records to Feature Class
  • CPA-Cell Phone Records to Feature Class
  • CPA-Dissolve
  • CPA-Find Space Time Matches
  • CPA- Generate Call Links
  • CPA-Generate Sector Lines
  • Origin Destination Links (MV Theft to Recovery)
  • Origin Destination Links (Financial Crime)
  • Origin Destination Links and Link Chart (Gang Turf to Member Homes)
  • Points to Track Segments

Share maps and reports

To share their work with stakeholders and decision makers, crime analysts prepare information products summarizing their results. Analysts get requests to deliver these products in both hardcopy and interactive forms. To support the needs of their customers, analysts need flexible options to deliver the results of their analysis in a wide array of forms. Crime Analysis provides a set of information product options include hardcopy map layouts, a rich charting library, tabular reports, link analysis charts, and the ability to publish layers and maps into web mapping applications in ArcGIS Enterprise or ArcGIS Online.

To learn more about sharing maps and reports using Crime Analysis, go to the CrimeAnalysisSolution ArcGIS Pro project and open the following maps:

  • Optimized Hotspot and Calendar Heat Chart
  • Origin Destination Links and Link Chart (Gang Turf to Member Homes)