The City of Philadelphia released data about on Part II crime incidents through the City’s open data portal. Spanning three years, from 2012 through 2014, the release includes more than 569,000 Part I + Part II crime incidents. Part II crimes include simple assault, prostitution, gambling, fraud, and other non-violent offenses.
“Over time we have seen that the most effective policing occurs when residents are active partners in public safety initiatives,” said Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey. “Publishing Part II crime information as open data supports community engagement by empowering residents to move beyond the headlines to see actual neighborhood crime patterns, and work with officers in their local Police Service Areas to continually improve community-oriented strategies.”
Mayor Michael A. Nutter said, “Transparency helps Philadelphia become one of the safest cities in America. This release joins a growing list of more than 230 open data sets that help inform citizens and strengthen trust in government.”
While the Part II data can be downloaded through the City’s open data portal, today’s release is paired with a new data visualization. The tool provides interactive charts and maps, allowing users to easily browse, filter, and drill down into the data within their web browser. By pairing data with a visualization tool, it can be easily consumed by users of all technical backgrounds.
The data and visualization are combined with Part I crime incident data, which was one of the first releases of the City’s Open Data program in 2012. Part I crimes include violent offenses such as aggravated assault, rape, arson, among others.
The data and the accompanying visualization can be accessed at www.opendataphilly.org. Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) codes are generalized and incident locations are rounded to the hundred block. Prior years and an up-to-date feed of 2015 data are expected to be released this fall.