Short courses


Neighbourhood Analysis: Crime and Security

  • 7 hours
  • 1 day


This one-day, hands-on GIS-based course on neighbourhood analysis explores:

  • analytical techniques for identifying priority neighbourhoods
  • the use of geodemographic lifestyle datasets
  • the signal crimes approach and mapping of visual audits and surveys
  • the data to consider in a Neighbourhood Profile

It's designed to complement the ACPO Neighbourhood Policing Team's briefing paper "Neighbourhood policing and the national intelligence model", and other guidance on neighbourhood analysis e.g. the Audit Commission's "Neighbourhood crime and anti-social behaviour".

The course is run by UCL's Jill Dando Institute of Security and Crime Science. It's held at our offices in London, but can also be delivered at your site for a minimum of six staff.

Who this course is for

This GIS-based course is for users of MapInfo and ArcGIS (ArcMAP).

It's aimed at:

  • police
  • neighbourhood and CSP analysts
  • researchers and information officers

Course content

The course includes the following topics:

The vulnerable localities index (VLI)

You'll be taken through a step-by-step approach to calculating the VLI, including a discussion of the merits of each indicator used in its calculation, and how the VLI can be best used to help identify priority neighbourhoods.

Using geodemographics for neighbourhood policing

Geodemographic lifestyle data has been popular in the marketing field for a number of years for helping to target advertising campaigns and profile customer populations.

In recent years this data has been linked with results from the British Crime Survey to provide another dimension to its use, which includes identifying community differences between fears, worries and perceptions of crime.

We'll explore the qualities of this type of data, how it can be analysed and mapped, and its use in supporting neighbourhood policing requirements.

Neighbourhood profiles

We'll discuss the contents that should go into a summary neighbourhood profile.

Entry requirements

You'll need at a minimum of good/intermediate Excel skills. The course is only suitable for users of Mapinfo, ArcView, ArcGIS, or Cadcorp SIS.

Cost and concessions

There's a 10% reduction for bookings of two or more people - all group delegates must be booked at the same time.

Course team

Spencer Chainey

Spencer Chainey

Spencer is the Principal Research Associate at the UCL Department of Security and Crime Science. His particular research interests are in developing geographical crime analysis and crime mapping. He carries out most of his day-to-day work on developing the use of data, information sharing and analysis to aid intelligence development and decision-making by police forces, community safety partnerships, and national crime reduction and policing agencies.

His work has influenced national (UK) policy, and has contributed to policing and crime reduction developments in the USA, Canada, Brazil, China, Germany, Northern Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. His work is also used in examples of good practice by the UK Cabinet Office (Social Exclusion Unit), Local Government Improvement and Development, The Home Office, the Audit Commission, The Housing Corporation and the United States National Institute of Justice.

Learner reviews

"Excellent course for partnership and crime analysts." (CSP Analyst)

"An excellent hands-on approach to calculating and applying the VLI." (Police Intelligence Analyst)

"Really useful introduction to a wide range of terms, techniques and data. I think I may have learnt how to begin to think about neighbourhoods from our perspective!" (Police Special Branch Analyst)

"I found the content of the VLI and practical application of MOSAIC data very useful." (Partnership Researcher)

"Very good trainer - enthusiastic and explained everything perfectly." (Partnership Officer)

"Trainer was very good at communicating information and connecting with all in the team." (Police Analyst)

"Great tutor - professional and approachable." (Police Analyst)

"Very good course, very well delivered." (Home Office researcher)

"Really receptive trainer - willing to address questions etc." (Police Analyst)

"It was good that the course was a small group and we were able to interact. Also it was good that the course was tailored to the group's needs/abilities." (Police Analyst)

"Excellent, as are all the Jill Dando Institute courses I have been on." (Partnership Analyst)

Course information last modified: 30 Nov 2022, 16:00