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Help Notes for Specific Crime Tool

How to use the Specific Crime Information tool

The Specific Crime Information tool allows you to define your own table of data. There are five different table formats to choose from.

Depending on which table format you select, you can look at all of NSW or a smaller region, for instance a Local Government Area (LGA). Although this tool helps you to find your Statistical Division (SD), Statistical Subdivision (SSD) or LGA of interest by allowing you to search by suburb name and postcode, it will not report by suburb or postcode area. The smallest type of region that it will show is LGA.


Step 1 – Select a Format

There are five different report formats:

FormatSelection criteriaExample
A) Premises Type by YearSelect Offence Type
Select Region
e.g. Recorded criminal incidents of Robbery occurring in Sydney Statistical Division by premises type and year.
B) Region by YearSelect Offence Type
Select Premises Type
e.g. Recorded criminal incidents of Motor vehicle theft occurring in premises type Carpark by Local Government Area and year.
C) Premises Type by OffenceSelect Region
Select Year
e.g. Recorded Criminal incidents occurring in Central Murrumbidgee Statistical Subdivision in the year 2001 by premises type and offence.
D) Region by OffenceSelect Premises Type
Select Year
e.g. Recorded criminal incidents occurring in premises type Residential – dwelling in the year 1998 by Local Government area and offence.
E) Offence by YearSelect Region
Select Premises Type
e.g. Recorded criminal incidents occurring in Newcastle Statistical Subdivision in premises type Financial Institutions by offence and year.


Click in the circle next to the name of the report format you wish to view. The button on the right of the screen marked "Go to Step 2>" should now be active. Click on this, and your chosen format will be displayed e.g. "Selected view type is: Premises Type by Year"

Depending on which report format you have selected, you now need to select the region, the offence type or the premises type.

SELECTING REGION

Select by LGA name

If you know the name of the Local Government Area that interests you, choose "LGA name". The box on the right will now show the words "Enter LGA Name to continue…". Click into the box, then type in the LGA's name and click on "Find".

In addition, to a list of matching LGAs, you will see the SDs and SSDs to which these LGAs belong. Click on the small circle next to the name of the region you are interested in.

The button on the right of the screen marked "Go to Step 2>" should now be active. Click on this, and your chosen region will be displayed e.g. "Selected Region is: Coolamon Local Government Area"

Select by postcode

Click on the to the right of the box containing the words "Select region by…" then click on "Postcode". The box on the right will now show the words "Enter Postcode to continue…". Click into the box, then type in the postcode and click on "Find".

This will bring up a list of all suburbs with that postcode, and show the LGA that the postcode falls into. The SD and SSD will also be listed, so you can choose a larger area if you wish. Click on the small circle next to the name of the region you are interested in.

Occasionally a postcode falls into more than one LGA. In that case, more than one LGA name will be listed, along with the relevant SD and SSD. Click on the small circle next to the name of the region you decide to find out about.

The button on the right of the screen marked "Go to Step 2>" should now be active. Click on this, and your chosen region will be displayed e.g. "Selected Region is: Sydney Statistical Division"


Select by suburb

Click on the to the right of the box containing the words "Select region by…" then click on "Suburb". The box on the right will now show the words "Enter Suburb to continue…". Click into the box, then type in the suburb name and click on "Find".

The button on the right of the screen marked "Go to Step 2>" should now be active. Click on this, and your chosen region will be displayed e.g. "Selected Region is: Outer Western Sydney Statistical Subdivision"

Select another region

If you are looking for information on a SD or SSD within NSW, and you know its name, the best way to f select this region for use in a query is to use the Other Region option.

Click on the to the right of the box containing the words "Select region by…" then click on "Other Region". The box on the right will now show the words "Enter Other Region to continue…". Click into the box, then type in the name and click on "Find".

For example, if you type in Murrumbidgee as the "other region", you will be offered the Murrumbidgee Statistical Division, the statistical subdivisions of Central Murrumbidgee and Lower Murrumbidgee, and all the LGAs within the Murrumbidgee Division. Click on the small circle next to the name of the region you are interested in.

The button on the right of the screen marked "Go to Step 2>" should now be active. Click on this, and your chosen region will be displayed e.g. "Selected Region is: Lower Murrumbidgee Statistical Subdivision

Select all of NSW

Click on the to the right of the box containing the words "Select region by…" then click on "NSW". The box on the right will now show the words "All of NSW - Click 'Go To Step 2 >".

The button on the right of the screen marked "Go to Step 2>" should now be active. Click on this, and the screen will display – "Selected Region is: All of NSW"

SELECTING OFFENCE TYPE

Click on the to the right of the box containing the words "Select offence…" then choose an offence from the list that appears.

The button on the right of the screen marked "Go to Step 3>" should now be active. Click on this, and the screen will display – e.g. "Selected Offence Type is: Motor vehicle theft"

SELECTING YEAR

Click on the to the right of the box containing the words "Select year…". The earliest year for which data are available is 1995. Select your preferred year.

The button on the right of the screen marked "Show Results" should now be active. Click on this, and your report will appear on screen.


SELECTING PREMISES TYPE

Click on the to the right of the box containing the words "Select premises type…" then choose one premises type from the list which appears. Alternatively, you can select *all premises types*.

The button on the right of the screen marked "Go to Step 3>" should now be active. Click on this, and the screen will display – e.g. "Selected Premises Type is: Financial Institutions"

The premises categories in the tool comprise many specific premises types. The list below shows some of the premises in each category.

Transport FacilitiesAirport, bus depot, railway station
Retail WholesaleShops including café, chemist, clothing shop, department store, electronic sales, general store, hardware, newsagent, pawnbrokers, restaurant, service station, sports store, supermarket, takeaway food, video shop.
Personal ServicesBeauty salon, dry cleaner, hairdresser, laundromat
Financial InstitutionsBank, credit union, insurance/superannuation, moneylenders
OfficeCommercial office, government office, private office, real estate agency
Outdoor/ public placeBeach, bushland, caravan park, footpath, reserve, road/street, park, public toilet
Recreational facilities Cinema, golf course, gymnasium, racecourse, showground, sports ground, swimming pool, tennis court, video arcade
UtilitiesCouncil depot, electricity, fire station, post office, telephone booth
Industrial sitesBuilding site, factory, mine/quarry, warehouse/storage, workshop
Adult entertainmentBrothel, massage parlour, sex shop
Residential - dwellingHouse, unit, caravan
Residential – outside of dwellingBalcony, carport, driveway, garage, garden, shed, yard, verandah
Residential – temporaryBoarding house, holiday apartment building, hostel, motel, serviced apartment
CarparkBeach parking area, business/commercial, entertainment premises, parking station, shopping centre, railway, residential
EducationPreschool, library, school – private, school – public primary, school – public secondary, TAFE, university
HealthDentist's surgery, Doctor's surgery, hospital, nursing home, psychiatric centre
Law enforcementCorrectional centre, court, detention centre, police station
Licensed premisesBottle shop, club, hotel/pub, nightclub, licensed restaurant
Place of worshipCathedral, chapel, church, convent, mosque, presbytery, temple
AgricultureFarmland, paddock, machinery shed, storage shed
Dock/marina/wharf/jettyMarina, wharf, jetty, dock, boatshed
Vehicle/vessel/aircraftAircraft, boat, bus, ferry, private motor vehicle, public passenger vehicle, taxi, train

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