Advanced Spatial Analysis

This website is preserved as an Archive for the NIH-funded GISPopSci / Advanced Spatial Analysis Training Programs (2005–2013). Current resources in support of
Spatially Integrated Social Science
are now available at the following:


Spatial Analysis Tools - CrimeStat

These materials have been prepared as part of the R25 Advanced Spatial Analysis Training Grant (PI: Stephen A. Matthews, Penn State) funded by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). Award Number: 5R25 HD057002-02.

The links included below are intended as useful starting points for interested users. We make no claims for comprehensive coverage.

If you have suggestions to include on this site please send them to Stephen Matthews.



Ned Levine (2009). CrimeStat: A Spatial Statistics Program for the Analysis of Crime Incident Locations (v 3.2). Ned Levine & Associates, Houston, TX, and the National Institute of Justice, Washington, DC. June.

CrimeStat III is Windows-based and interfaces with most desktop GIS programs. Specifically, CrimeStat inputs incident locations (e.g., robbery locations or other point event data) in 'dbf', 'shp', ASCII or ODBC-compliant formats using either spherical or projected coordinates. The program calculates various spatial statistics and writes graphical objects to packages such as ArcView, MapInfo, Atlas*GIS, Surfer for Windows, and ArcView Spatial Analyst.

A good overview of the CrimeStat program can be found in: 

    Levine, N. 2006.
    Crime mapping and the CrimeStat program.
    Geographical Analysis 38, 41-56.

Much material on CrimeStat III may be found at 

Software News Update - August 2009

The latest correct version (as of August30, 2009) is CrimeStat 3.1. (Recently it was announced that there were some problems with code routines in version 3.2) – Please consult the website above for the latest information.


CrimeStat can be downloaded from

This download site/webpage includes an excellent manual, sample datasets and older versions of the program. The main CrimeStat website (above) also includes a 117-page workbook written by Susan C. Smith and Christopher W. Bruce (2008) for the National Institute of Justice. This is another excellent instructional resource.


Related Books

    Goldsmith, V., McGuire, P.G., Mollenkopf, J.B., and Ross, T.A. 1999. Analyzing crime Patterns: frontiers of practice Sage Publications: Thousand Oaks, CA

    Harries, Keith D. Mapping Crime: Principle and Practice. Washington, DC (810 7th Street NW, Washington 20531): U.S. Dept. of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, National Institute of Justice, Crime Mapping Research Center, 1999. This book can be downloaded in full at

    Hirschfield, A. and Bowers, K. [Eds.]. 2001. Mapping and analyzing crime data: lessons from research and practice Taylor and Francis, London, UK.


Useful Articles

    Levine, N. 2006. Crime mapping and the CrimeStat program. Geographical Analysis 38, 41-56.

    Heraux, C. G. "Spatial Data Analysis of Crime: A Review of CrimeStat III." Social Science Computer Review. 25. 2 (2007): 259-264.

    Levine, N. "Crime Travel Demand and Bank Robberies: Using CrimeStat III to Model Bank Robbery Trips." Social Science Computer Review. 25. 2 (2007): 239-258.

    Symposium on Crime Mapping: [a Special Journal Issue of Social Science Computer Review]. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 2007.


Course in CrimeStat III