The Mayor's office has begun to release some remarkable new data about London in a new website. The first data to be released mainly comes from the emergency services, breaking down details by ward. I beleive that we can use data as a community to drive better public services in the neighbourhood.
I'll be mining this data over coming weeks to see how Caledonian Ward (and others if you feel like it) stack up compared to Islington and wider London.
First up, for no particular reason is arson in common parlance or:
'Count of All Deliberate Fire incidents recorded by the London Fire & Emergency Planning Authority, per month, per ward in London from December 2007 to November 2009.' Original data here.
In Caledonian ward there were 58 incidents from December 2007 to November 2009, with a downward trend in the last year. In the first quarter of 2008 there was an average of just over three incidents a month, which have tailed off in the last part of 2009 to just over one a month. This suggests that arson is tailing off to what feels like more normal levels for a deprived inner city area. This overall trend certainly feels right as the days of several cars on fire a week in North Kings Cross are long behind us. I might do some more analysis when i have a little time and update this post.
UPDATE – now with correct chart (i inadvertently put the wrong one in) and original data below