Crime Related Publications
Annual Crime Report 2015:
The Annual CrimeMalta report was launched in April 2016. The report is attached for publication perusal.
Latest figures exhibit a generic trend line decrease in reported crime though experiencing a fluctuation increase caused by one specific offence subcategory. The Maltese offence profile has changed from a public-oriented to a personal-target dimension requiring a mitigation shift in both policing and personal safety.
Crime is evolving from a social-space structure to the invasion of personal-space.
Model: League Tables for 2015
As part of a review of RISC Modelling for the
Maltese Islands, a number of analytical studies have been
carried out for the period between 1998 and 2015.
Grand Total Offences
In terms of Grand Total Offences, San Giljan maintains its perennial hold at the top of the League, hosting over 5 times the national rate of offences, which is calculated as the observed offences as against those which should potentially occur in those areas under study. At a rate between twice and 5 times the national rate, Mdina followed a close second at 2-5 times the national rate, which group also comprises Valletta, Floriana, Sliema, San Pawl il-Bahar and Ta’ Xbiex. The latter two entered this category for the first time, having had a position at 1x-2x the national rate in previous years, whilst Marsa reverted to that category in 2015.
At a rate between the national up to twice that rate one can find Marsa, Msida, Gzira, Gudja, Pieta, Birzebbugia, Paola, Mellieha and Zebbug (Gozo).
All the other Councils host a lower that national rate, albeit none have a Zero Risk.
Theft from Residences
Whilst this category of offences has registered a decline, the RISC still appears for those towns experiencing the phenomenon. Ghasri, San Giljan, Msida, Swieqi, Sliema, Pembroke, Bormla and Gzira are yearly top graders in the 2x-5x RISC. Ghasri and San Giljan were two zones that hosted relative rates of high residential theft incidents. The Sliema theft episode was very evident in terms of public reaction, which had caused a veritable displacement and suspension of activities in the area until the offenders returned when the reaction subsided.
In contrast, most other zones have lower than average rates and that Fontana, Mqabba, Xewkija and Mdina registered zero residential offences in 2015.
Theft of and from Vehicles
2014 had experienced a drop in the highest RISC rates, which was occupied by Floriana in the top spot of the League, a drop maintained in 2015. During the latter year, Mdina took top stop, followed by Floriana, San Giljan and Valletta as the highest risk areas where one's car could be vandalised, broken into and/or stolen, which towns host between 2 and 5 times. Note that these towns host the largest parking and transport-related activities that attract offenders to high-volume and relatively less monitored opportunities.
At the other end of the scale, Gharb and Qala registered zero vehicle-related offences.
Domestic violence reports pertain to stalking, slight bodily harm, grievous bodily harm and psychological harm. Birzebbugia, San Pawl il-Bahar and Floriana host between 2 and 5 the national rate. With diminishing rates of RISC, it is imperative to note that a significant number of councils exhibit some form of domestic violence that is above the national rate (yellow in the RISC maps depicted in the CrimeMalta website) at 1-2 times the rate. In effect all towns have incident reporting but may register lower than national rates.
At the other end of the scale, Sannat, Fontana, Gharb and San Lawrenz registered zero offences, a phenomenon also found in rural and small areas were the changes in legislation may yet have an effect in terms of encouraging victims to report.
San Giljan hosted the highest RISC rates, which at the top of the League, host over 5 times the national rate of offences. San Pawl il-Bahar was second hosting between 2 and 5 times the national rate of offences. The least RISC registering towns at zero RISC include San Lawrenz, Fontana, Xewkija, Isla, Dingli, Lija, Xaghra, Xghajra, Qala, Qrendi and Gharb.
The results shown hereunder review the five specific
crime categories through a comparitive approach across the years. Data from 1998 to 2015 can be reviewed through the submenu below.
Click on the menu above to access the individual theme
RISC 1998-2015 Statistics Pages
Click on the Image above to access the Summary RISC 1998-2015
Grand Total Statistics Page
New Interactive CrimeMaps: 2015
The results are also published as a series of Interactive Crimemaps using high-end technology called Spatial Information Systems which allow users to generate their own maps on dangerousness and safety. The data is published for the three crime categories detailed above and at District or Local Council levels.
Offences - Main Categories: 2015
Offences - Sub-Categories: 2015
Model Map: 2015
(centroid, heatmaps, choropleth)
Click on the Images to access the Interactive Maps
Prison Population Receding Slowly
The Malta Corradino Correctional Facilities high rate of incarceration has seen a slow but steady decline over the past weeks, having gone below the psychological threshold of 600 residents. Figures as at 25th Decmeber 2015 registered progressively lower rates compared to the previous years, though still double the figures registered in 2001.
Click on the Image to access the Prisons Statistics Page
The Department of Criminology within the Faculty for Social Wellbeing has concluded a 3-year study of Crime in Malta and Sicily as an expansion on the research that was carried out and is updated by Prof Saviour Formosa of CrimeMalta.
As part of the outputs, 3 publications (2 focusing on the the outcomes from the project and one on theoretical issues in Criminology).
Realities of Crime, Society and Landuse in the Mediterranean: JANUS I
Indicators for Crime Prevention in the Mediterranean: JANUS II
Key Issues in Criminology: JANUS III
Books can be downloaded from the link below.
The CrimeMalta Website brings you real crime
analysis based on 16 years of research. In a study initiated
in 1997, crimes from 1950 to date have been geocoded and digitised to
help create analytical tables and charts that are easy to
understand and review.
Using state-of-the-art technology (GIS -
Geographical or Spatial Information Systems), crime reported
to the Malta Police Force since 1998 have been mapped based
on the offence location. This process enables spatio-temporal
analysis of crimes in Malta by the location they occur in,
when they are committed and the potential link to the place
they occur in.
A Web-GIS of Maltese Crime will enable users
to browse and print maps of crime at different spatial layers
such as districts and local councils as based on the NUTS (administrative units classification)
nomenclature. Smaller units have been analysed foremost amongst which are enumeration areas as identified by Census.
Another feature developed in this site
concerns the CRISOLA and RISC Models, the former giving methodological substance to crime and space, whilst the dynamic RISC Model enables the creation of a league table of local councils as
they experience offence reporting over time. Outputs at annual
and monthly by crime categories will be reviewed. More detailed
RISC information is available on request.
In addition, statistical and spatio-statistical
outputs will be generated. The map below shows such a map
based on crime locations reported in the Grand Harbour and
the results of a method called clustering analysis that shows
the major hotspots of crime in the region.
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