Neighborhood Crime Analyst (NCA)

What is a Neighborhood Crime Analyst?

Basically a Neighborhood Crime Analyst is someone who uses their special knowledge of the neighborhood with a crime data resource like krimelabb to formulate a strategy for deterring crime.

A Neighborhood Crime Analyst works closely with the neighborhood, law enforcement, the DA's office and other Neighborhood Crime Analysts. This amateur can do analysis in the neighborhood similar to what a professional crime analyst would do citywide but with a narrower focus.

So here are some things the NCA can do:
  • Monitor day to day crime activity based on crime reports
  • Collect anecdotal crime information from neighbors
  • Determine hot spots in the neighborhood
  • Determine who the frequent offenders are
  • Create CompStat-like reports that show where each type of crime is taking place
  • Network with other NCAs and share information
  • Monitor alert systems like Citizen's Observer and krimelabb's Alert system

Here are a few ways to study crime data:

  • Chronologically--the timeline of crimes
  • Spatially--the geographical crime patterns, e.g. hot spots
  • Criminal associations--the way criminals are connected
  • Offense escalation--the way offenses are related, e.g. does an increase in public intoxication arrests decrease the incidence of assaults?
  • Offense taxonomy--the way offenses are classified