What Los Angeles police's data between 2012 and 2016 tells you about non-violent crime

Data is collected by the police departments (PD) keeping in mind where the crime occurred, when it occurred and who committed the crime. After this data is data is collected and analyzed by the police department, patterns can then be discerned, which can then be used to prevent crimes and apprehend criminals.

To clarify how this concept works the crime data collected by the Los Angeles PD’s crime data is used to analyze and find the pattern followed by the non-violent crime events which took place in the city. On the basis of the data collected, different dimensions were observed. This lead to the analyzing of data keeping in mind the time frame such as years, days of the week and hours of the week. It also includes where the crime occurred, whether it was solved or not.

Crime across years is the visual depicting the trend of non-violent crimes over the years. According to the visual it can be noted that the year 2015 was the year when the maximum number of non-violent crimes had taken place whereas the year 2014 had the minimum ratio of non-violent crimes. From this information the visual representation trends can also be identified, for example, non-violent crimes like trespassing happened most often, false imprisonment happened less often while comparing the data of the various periods in the past, the trend which a particular sub-category is following can be discerned.

Crime across days of the week visual show that the maximum number of crimes take place on a Friday and the minimum number of crimes took place on a Sunday. This information can be used by the police department to increase its efficiency. Using this data, the LAPD employed more personnel over Friday’s to reduce the number of non-violent crimes in the city and less on Sundays.

In the same way the visual crime across hour of day shows the frequency of non-violent crimes and which hours of the day did they occur in. It was found that in the time frame 0-5, it was below average and decreasing indicating that between midnight to early morning, the crime rate is very less but increases between 5:00 to 11:00. It shows that the crime rates have started to increase from below average to above average during this time and again decline between a 3 to a 24 hour period.

The status of crime events is surprising for the reason, that it shows that a 75 percent of non-violent crimes have not been solved and are under investigation. The conclusion which can be drawn from this is that the more the unsolved crimes, the more the unpunished criminals. This encourages the criminals to commit more times. Another conclusion which can be drawn is that visual data that is properly used can improve the efficacy of the police departments, reduce the crime rate and overall improve the moral health of the society. Facts and figures data reduced to charts make it easy to be absorbed in a couple of glances or as the eyes see it.

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