Frequently Asked Questions

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Click here to contact the Crime Analysis Unit by email or contact us by phone at 480-858-6249.


I'm looking to move into Tempe, what is the crime/activity in the area?

Whether you are moving into Tempe, work or live in Tempe, you can perform a search of crime by clicking here. Remember that crime information does not indicate everything about a neighborhood. For example, a neighborhood may have low levels of crime 1) because nothing is occurring, or 2) because no one calls the police as they are too scared or they are the ones committing crimes. Thus, in addition to looking at crime statistics, one should do the following when moving into a home or a business:

  • Visit the area at different time of the day and days of the week.
  • Drive and WALK around the area. If you are not comfortable walking in the area, it is probably not a good idea to move there.
  • Talk to residents of the area. They may have information about the goings on that you will not see by just walking through.
  • Check the condition of the area for signs of deterioration; graffiti, maintenance of yards, fences, parking lots, behavior of the residents, etc. Most importantly, adhere to you own subjective judgments of the area.

The following are additional tips when researching an apartment community:

  • Be sure to search crime statistics in the area by clicking on above link.
  • Inspect the property both day and night to observe activity level. Activity level varies per days of the week and time.
  • Check the property for curb appeal. Does the management company care about the property? Do they trim the bushes, maintain the lighting, physical appearance gives you the impression someone cares and shows ownership.
  • Interview other residents that reside at the property. Ask them do they feel safe? How does the management handle tenant problems?
  • The management company will be interviewing you as a prospective tenant. Interview the management company to make they meet your expectations.
  • Ask the management company if they participate in the Crime Free Multi-Housing Program.

What is Crime Analysis?

A set of systematic, analytical processes directed at providing timely and pertinent information relative to crime patterns and trend correlations to assist the operational and administrative personnel in planning the deployment of resources for the prevention and suppression of criminal activities, aiding the investigative process, and increasing apprehensions and the clearance of cases. Within this context, Crime Analysis supports a number of department functions including patrol deployment, special operations, and tactical units, investigations, planning and research, crime prevention, and administrative services (budgeting and program planning). --Steven Gottlieb et al., 1994, "Crime Analysis: From First Report To Final Arrest."

What are the different types of crime analysis? 

  • Tactical crime analysis: deals with immediate criminal offenses to promote quick response. It provides information to assist operational personnel in the identification of specific crime trends and in the arrest of criminal offenders. The primary goal is to identify crime trends and patterns/series. Tactical information links offender and modus operandi information from a number of offense in an attempt to provide investigative leads, help solve crimes, and clear cases after apprehension and arrests.
  • Strategic: concerned with operational strategies and seeks solutions to on-going problems. It provides information for resource allocation purposes, including patrol scheduling and beat configuration. Its purpose is to identify unusual crime activities over certain levels or at different seasonal times, identify unusual community conditions, provide police service more effectively and efficiently by matching demands for service with service delivery, reduce and/or eliminate recurring problems, and assist in community policing or problem-oriented policing.
  • Administrative: involves long range projects. Tasks include providing economic, geographic and law enforcement information to police management, city hall, city council, and neighborhood/citizen groups. Its purpose is financial, organizational, political, and legislative. It is critical to budget, personnel, public information, and legal issues.