CrimeIndex - Crime data

CrimeIndex measures the likelihood of 11 types of crime occurrence for all block groups in the U.S. and Puerto Rico.

Each crime variable includes both a numerical score – where higher values denote a higher likelihood of crime occurrences – and a qualitative categorization that helps explain the numerical crime score probability. Qualitative scores are derived from the final numerical results where the 10th, 25th, 50th, 75th, and 90th percentile distributions reflect “Lowest, Low, Below Average, Above Average, High, and Highest” respectively.

Pitney Bowes defines crime categories according to the FBI’s definitions of crime.


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Benefits

  • Insurers can apply crime indexes when assessing risk to more accurately underwrite premiums. 
  • Financial organizations can apply crime risk to augment fraud assessment. 
  • Local governments and enforcement agencies can easily compare crime rates across geography using index scores and place resources in the appropriate areas.  
  • Commercial and Residential real estate brokers can leverage crime statistics to influence buying/selling decisions. 

Features

  • Scores for 219,997 block groups in the US and Puerto Rico
  • Sources data from the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting Program (UCR) which contains reports from over 18,000 city, university, college, county, state, tribal, and federal law enforcement agencies.

 

 

The CrimeIndex data product contains the following scores:

  • Overall crime (a composite score based on all crime types)
  • Violent Crime:
    • Murder
    • Robbery
    • Rape
    • Aggravated Assault
  • Property Crime:
    • Burglary 
    • Larceny – theft
    • Motor Vehicle Theft
    • Arson

Coverage details

  • Coverage: US and Puerto Rico
  • Release Schedule: Annually
  • Unit of Sale: Nation