Police Data Sources for Identifying Repeat Victimization

Donald Faggiani, Police Executive Research Forum

Identification of repeat victimization locations can be useful for police strategic and tactical response to crime. The identification of repeat address victimization requires a data system that includes both accurate address and crime specific details. However, most police department data systems are not specifically designed to address the issue of repeat victimization. This paper examines police data from four different jurisdictions and its utility for identifying repeat victimization. Procedures for cleaning and restructuring the data as well as the software tools used for identification of repeat addresses are examined.

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Updated 05/20/2006