Analyse - The process of sifting through data and picking out the relevant points for the matter being studied.
British Crime Survey - A survey undertaken by the Home Office every few years to provide information about crimes not reported to the Police.
CCTV - Closed Circuit Television.
Community Safety Unit - A local partnership set up following the introduction of the Crime and disorder Act 1998 with the aim of attacking local crime and disorder issues.
Crime Report - Where a victim or a witness says what happened and what happened is a crime i.e. a notifiable offence.
Data - A representation of facts, concepts, or instructions in a formal manner suitable for communication, interpretation, or processing by human beings or by computers.
Database - A collection of data: part numbers, product codes, customer information, etc. It usually refers to data organized and stored on a computer that can be searched and retrieved by a computer program.
Detected Crime - A crime where the person responsible has been identified.
Interpret - Explaining what the data means in a way which is different from the format in which it was originally presented.
National Crime Recording Standard - A standard way of recording crime adopted by all the Police forces in England and Wales in April 2002, in order to get a clear comparison of crime across the country.
Notifiable Offence - Only ‘notifiable Offences' form part of the crime statistics. They are a list of crimes issued by the Home Office ranging from Homicide to minor theft.
Primary Source - Information that is contemporary to the events being examined, including documents, letters, personal accounts, and other sources. Such information is the original articulation of an idea or concept and has not been interpreted by another person.
Recorded Crime - Crime that is reported to the Police and a record made, usually on a computer.
Reported crime - A Crime that is reported to the Police.
Secondary Source - Works that are not original manuscripts or contemporary records or documents associated with an event, but which critique, comment on, or build upon these primary sources.
Spreadsheet - A type of software application that allows text, numbers and complex functions to be entered into a matrix of thousands of individual cells. The application will change formula results as numeric data is changed. Capable of performing mathematical and s tatistical functions and generating charts and graphs.
Table - a set of data arranged in rows and columns.
Unrecorded Crime - Crime that has been reported to the Police, but for various reasons they have not recorded it as a crime.
Unreported Crime - A crime that has taken place but is not reported to the Police by the victim or anyone else.