The Belize Crime Observatory is established for the collection, processing, analysis and storage of crime data, with a view of providing timely, reliable, and relevant information to its users.
The primary aim of the Belize Crime Observatory is to foster the development of public policies that address public safety and national security issues through the collection, analysis and dissemination of quality, timely and multidimensional data on crime and violence trends in the country. The BCO is an official point of reference at the national, regional and international level for comprehensive, relevant, and accurate data on crime and violence in Belize, including statistical and analytical information, as well as, primary and secondary research.
Scope of Work
The BCO is responsible for:
- collecting data from relevant sources;
- processing crime data to ensure quality and propriety;
- securely storing crime data;
- ensuring adequate access to relevant stakeholders;
- protecting sensitive and proprietary data and ensuring access only by authorized persons;
- generating statistical outputs and analyses for various user types; and
updating data to ensure accuracy and reliability
The BCO is a national repository for the secure storage of comprehensive, multi-dimensional data relating to crime. Data stored by the Observatory is collected from relevant sources and processed to ensure it is fit for the creation of statistical analysis and outputs for a wide range of stakeholders.
GOAL #1: Ensuring that crime data and information collected from authoritative sources are timely, multidimensional, comprehensive, reliable, and relevant.
GOAL #2: Ensuring that data and information in the BCO’s Repository are suitable for the efficient performance of a diverse array of analysis functions, and to generate statistical outputs and indicators, unveiling meaningful insights into crime patterns and trends.
GOAL #3: Performing in-depth analysis of crime data, exploring key variables to provide greater insights into crime patterns and trends.
GOAL #4: Maintaining a Central Repository of authoritative and comprehensive crime data and information from a range of providers, as well as the BCO’s analysis and statistical outputs and periodic publications.
GOAL #5: Fostering a deeper understanding of crime patterns and trends in Belize, and supporting improvements in public safety through the dissemination of quality data and insightful information.
A NATIONAL CRIME REPOSITORY SERVICE
A central hub in which crime data is stored and managed.
The BCO will serve as Belize’s national repository for the secure storage of comprehensive, multi-dimensional data relating to crime. Data stored by the Observatory is collected from relevant sources and processed to ensure it is fit for the creation of statistical analysis and outputs for a wide range of stakeholders.
How the Belize Crime Observatory got started: