CrimeStat III User Workbook and Data (ICPSR 23622)

Principal Investigator(s): Smith, Susan C., Shawnee, Kansas, Police Department; Bruce, Christopher W., Davners, Massachusetts, Police Department


The Mapping and Analysis for Public Safety (MAPS) Program in conjunction with the National Law Enforcement, Corrections and Technology Center - Southeast (NLECTC-SE) in Charleston, South Carolina, announce the free download of a CrimeStat workbook designed specifically for crime analysts in the use of CrimeStat III. The data used in the workbook are also provided. Further, a PowerPoint file covering the workbook and all lessons is provided for download for those wanting to instruct a class. CrimeStat III is a Windows-based spatial statistics software package used for analyzing crime data from law enforcement and criminal justice agencies. Output produced from the software can be used with a geographic information system (GIS) to support and enhance the tactical and strategic analysis efforts of police departments. The workbook covers how to prepare data for CrimeStat, produce results and import them into ArcGIS 9.x for further analysis or presentation. It also covers entering data into CrimeStat III, basic descriptive statistics from Spatial Distribution, measures of clustering in Distance Analysis, several 'Hot Spot' techniques, and using both single and dual Kernel Density Interpolation. Upon completion of the workbook and exercises, users are able to immediately make use of CrimeStat at their own agencies in the analysis of crime patterns and trends.

Access Notes

  • These data are not available from ICPSR. Users should consult the data owners directly (via CrimeStat Web Site) for details on obtaining these resources.

Study Description


This study was funded by:

  • United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. National Institute of Justice (2007-IJ-CX-K014)

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    computer programs, crime mapping, crime statistics, geographic information systems

Data Collection Notes:

CrimeStat III User Workbook and Data includes the CrimeStat Workbook (in PDF), the CrimeStat Workbook PowerPoint file, and GIS data in 124 files.

The CrimeStat program and documentation are available from the National Archive of Criminal Justice Data at CRIMESTAT.

The CrimeStat program is the property of, and is copyrighted by, Ned Levine and Associates, intended for the use of law enforcement agencies, criminal justice researchers, and educators. It can be distributed freely for educational or research purposes, but cannot be resold. The name CrimeStat is a registered trademark of Ned Levine and Associates. The program must be cited correctly in any publication or report that uses results from the program.

The workbook lessons and screen shots use GIS, crime, and call-for-service data provided by the Lincoln Police Department in Lincoln, Nebraska. In several cases, to illustrate a particular point, data were created or invented, so none of the lesson outputs or maps should be taken as an accurate representation of crime in Lincoln.

Ronald E. Wilson, Mapping and Analysis for Public Safety (MAPS) Program, National Institute of Justice, and Ned Levine, Ned Levine and Associates, were special collaborators on this project.