Monday 23 April 2018

Misallocation of crime figures at Ballyferriter, Co Kerry

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The All-Island Research Observatory (AIRO), based at Maynooth University, has been developing public facing interactive mapping and data visualisation tools.

One of the on-going tools relates to recorded crimes in Ireland at Garda Division, District and Garda Station level, using data available via the Central Statistics Office (CSO).

This data is also made available for use on the AIRO OpenDatastore and is harvested by Ireland's open data portal -

A recent update of the Garda Station dataset by AIRO for 2014 and 2015 (Q1 and Q2) inadvertently resulted in a misallocation of recorded crime figures for the Garda Station of Ballyferriter (Baile an Fheirtéaraigh) Co Kerry.

The 2014 and 2015 dataset of recorded crimes, including the incorrect data allocation, was subsequently downloaded from and used for the development of a crime rate mapping analysis (rates per 100,000 population) on the Ordnance Survey Ireland (OSI) GeoHive website, which appeared in the Irish Independent last Saturday.

The map and graphic used in the story resulted in incorrect recorded crimes being shown for this area and, in particular, showed a greatly exaggerated crime rate for 'Burglaries and Related Offences'.

The 2014 and 2015 AIRO dataset has since been amended and all crime rates have been adjusted accordingly on the GeoHive website to display the accurate information for all Garda Stations.

Justin Gleeson.


All-Island Research Observatory,


Iontas Building,

Maynooth University.

Irish Independent

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