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CrimeStat II: A Spatial Statistics Program for the Analysis of Crime Incident Locations, Part I

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Date Published
May 2002
115 pages

In Part one of CrimeStat II supported by the National Institute of Justice, a program overview is presented on the spatial statistics package intended as a tool in analyzing crime incident location data.


Supported by the National Institute of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, CrimeStat II is a software program designed to provide statistical summaries and models of crime incident data. It offers crime analysts and researchers with a vast range of spatial statistical procedures that can be linked to a geographic information system (GIS). CrimeStat II is a full-featured Windows 2000 program using a graphical interface with database and expanded statistical functions. CrimeStat provides descriptions of the spatial arrangements of crime incidents. There are a variety of tools that can be used to describe these arrangements and they are useful in helping crime analysts detect patterns of crime and provide different perspectives on the arrangements, analyzing one or two variable affecting crime incidence. This report represents part one of a three part series that provides an overview of the CrimeStat II program. The overview is divided into three sections beginning with an introduction to the CrimeStat program including: uses of spatial statistics in crime analysis, program requirements, step-by-step instructions, and short applications. This is followed by a quickguide to CrimeStat which entails data setup, spatial description, and spatial modeling. The final section involves entering data into CrimeStat from required data to statistical routines and outputs. Part two and part three of CrimeStat II cover spatial description and spatial modeling. Figures

Date Published: May 1, 2002