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Guide for the Crime Mapping Tool

For an online demonstration on how to use the Crime Mapping Tool, see our YouTube tutorial. Alternatively, below are some written instructions and tips on how to use the Crime Mapping Tool.

Choose the offence or sub-offence you are interested in from the options on the left hand side navigation menu. You can only choose one offence at a time. By clicking on the offence, the offence title will be greyed. When you select an offence, the map will display the rate per 100,000 residential population of that crime type. To deselect the offence click the x button. All offences will then appear.

Where an offence can further be split into sub offences, a plus button will be visible, indicating that you can drill down on this offence.

To see information for a specific geographical area (e.g. suburb/postcode/Local Government Area (LGA)), type the region into the textbox towards the top right of the screen above the map. Either click the name of the region on the drop down list or hit enter on your keyboard to take you to that region. Alternatively, you can select regions by navigating on the map, clicking the regions you are interested in. You can only view one type of geography at a time (e.g. only postcodes, only suburbs, only LGAs). If you try to choose a mix of geography types (e.g. two postcodes and then a suburb) a message will display advising that your earlier selections will be cleared. If you wish to view LGA information, the data for all LGAs will be provided in the table. You can select up to 10 suburbs or postcodes at any one time and the data for your selected regions will be displayed in the table and graphs. The selected areas will also be indicated on the map.

To select more than 2 years of data (which is set as the default for this application), open the table tab and select the number of years from the drop down on the left hand side. The data will always end with the most recent month and year available.

Use the year drop down box next to the geography search bar to view maps in 12 monthly periods.

If you want to see the data used to create the map, click the 'Table' button on the top navigation menu.

If you want to see the data in a graphical format, click the 'Graph' button on the top navigation menu.

'Advanced Filters' allow for more complex information to be returned. Once - Advanced Filters' is selected, you are presented with a choice of three counting units - incidents (the default), victims and offenders. After you have made your selection (only one is permitted at a time), other possible options are given. For example, if, in 'Advanced Filters' you select 'Incidents' you can then choose to further refine your search by selecting the time of the week (e.g. weekend or weekday), the time of day (e.g. night or day), the premises type (e.g. school, hospital, licensed premises etc), alcohol or non alcohol related, and domestic or non domestic violence related.

Victim and offender information (e.g. age and gender) is available using the 'Advanced Filters' (located below the offence selection).

Alcohol or non alcohol related incidents for selected offences (such as domestic and non domestic assault, murder, sexual offences, offensive language and conduct) can be selected within the 'Advanced Filters'.

Domestic and non domestic violence related incidents for selected offences (such as assault, murder, sexual offences, harassment, abduction/kidnapping) can be selected within the 'Advanced Filters'.

If you choose a selection for which data is unavailable (such as selecting the alcohol or domestic violence flag for an offence where the flag does not apply), an error message will advise you to change your selection.

A summary of your selection is provided in the title on the map, data table and graphs.

To deselect regions, click the selected region once more on the map, table or graph. To deselect an offence, click the x on the top level offence selected (e.g. Assault) and then choose another offence. The map/table/graph will automatically update.

The Bureau provides updated crime data (incidents, victim and offender information) to this tool every three months, usually in April, June, September and December. Please note that the tool displays and operates slightly differently in different internet browsers (e.g. Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer). As such, to ensure you are receiving the most recent crime data available please clear your browsing history before running your data queries.

If the application does not return any data in your table, please clear your browsing history and try again. If this does not correct the issue, please contact us for assistance (email or phone +61 2 8346 1100)

This application works with Google Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer version 11 or above. We recommend the Google Chrome internet browser for best results. If you currently have Internet Explorer 10 or lower and wish to use this application, please upgrade your browser to version 11 or above. We do not guarantee the tool's performance on browsers other than the three mentioned.

Rate maps are based on populations provided by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). There are some regions (mostly suburbs) which the ABS do not have population data for and thus this tool cannot accurately report rates (indicated by different colour shadings on the maps) for some regions. As such, the rate maps are intended as a guide only.

Rates are calculated using population data provided by ABS. Rates are available for different areas for different time periods based on when population figures are available from the ABS. Rates for Local Government Areas are available from 2012 where there were mergers in 2017, and for all LGAs that remained the same the rates are available from 1996.

For best results when printing the maps, please ensure that you set the page layout to 'landscape'orientation (rather than 'portrait'). If you wish to print your map along with hover bubble text pop ups and boundaries, the best way to do this is to use the 'Print Screen' key on your keyboard (usually located on the top right region of the your keyboard). Then copy that 'Print Screen' shot into another document (e.g. paint (if you wish to edit) or word).

If you have any questions or require assistance in using this application, or have feedback for how we can improve this application, please email or phone +61 2 8346 1100.