SANDAG, through its public safety division ARJIS, is now publishing crime data to the web. This is a major advance in accessibility, since previously crime incidents were only available through a Public Records Act request, and usually involved a fee.

The download file includes crime incidents for the last 180 days. The Library will be archiving these files occasionally, and adding them to our crime incident datasets. The files are updated weekly.

Unlike the data we acquired previously, this release does not include the ‘legend’ field, which is the high level category for the type of incident. As a result, we can’t incorporate these files into our previous releases without doing a lot of work to re-construct the ‘legend’ field, so it may take a while before our datasets are getting updated.