This pilot is part of a wider initiative to develop an exploratory knowledge exchange platform for policing by exploiting knowledge assets, utilising data and piloting research co-production. The project is a collaboration West Yorkshire Police (WYP), the Office of the PCC for West Yorkshire (OPCCWY) and the University of Leeds and will build a strategic and innovative knowledge exchange and research co-production platform, piloted in four thematic areas of policing. The other demonstration projects are around the themes of: policing partnerships; community engagement and public order.
The overall objective of the partnership is to explore various means of fostering greater collaboration between academia and the police in order to enable greater translation of evidence into practice, to help identify the priority research needs of police and to support the emergence of an evidence-based profession.
The project has six broad objectives:
This pilot project on acquisitive crime will use, and add value to, existing police recorded crime data on shoplifting and burglaries. Nationally, crime has shown substantial reductions in recent decades but burglary and shoplifting are two volume crimes that tend to show different trends and hence are the focus of this pilot.
The study will explore the types of data available, what they contain and what questions they might answer.
The project will draw together a large dataset of over 10 years of police-recorded crime data covering all cases of burglary and shoplifting across West Yorkshire. It will conduct a large-scale spatiotemporal data analysis - using a combination of crime, socio-demographic and geospacial data - in an attempt to identify clusters and explain differences in the distribution of acquisitive crimes across cities in West Yorkshire. This quantitative analysis will be complemented by interviews with key retail managers to better understand security measures and reporting behaviours with regard to shoplifting, hence mediating some of the problems with recorded crime statistics.