Useful Web Links

We're always on the lookout for current, relevant and reliable sources of information and tools to help us all do our jobs.

If you have a resource that you find useful, and feel others may benefit from it, email, and we'll get it included.

Disclaimer: The ACIA does not accept any responsibility for the content of any external sites, nor uphold any views that may be expressed within them.

Maritime Data

Vessel Tracker - a robust satellite & terrestrial AIS tracking site for real-time data on ship movements, course, speed and ETA

Piracy Map - Live maritime piracy map from the ICC's International Maritime Bureau


IMEI Details - Provides many details, particularly IMIE & IMSI details. IMEI (HANDSETS) - check information relating to manufacturer, model, type etc. This is particularly useful if a suspect is arrested with a phone which they say is their only one yet when using this site to check the IMEI number which appears on their call data is shows that it is a different model.

Telecommunication Service Providers - Provides service provider details for telephone numbers.Also useful for finding geographic locations of landlines as well as country if an international number.


MOT certificate check - allows you to check the vehicle tax, MOT status of a vehicle and Insurance, specific details are required from the MOT check or refusal form to do this.

Tax and MOT check



IntelCyclopedia - a listing of open information sources for the intelligence community

UK-OSINT - Useful resources and training hints for open source intelligence and internet based investigation techniques.

Arno Reuser's OSINT Repertorium - Arno is considered a leading figure in OSINT techniques, and is approved to train EU, Nato and UN organisations.

Classified Ads - search engine for online classified ads

Open Briefing - a "Civil Society Intelligence Agency" providing insight and analysis on key defence, security and foreign policy issues

Interactive Media Bias Chart - assess the bias and accuracy of different media resources - a must for those doing OSINT and needing to provide a confidence statement about their findings.

99 of the best intelligence resources (last updated 2017, but most links still seem valid)


Home Office - Not Rocket Science? - Problem-solving and crime reduction - This report was produced by the Home Office in 2000. It details the findings of research on problem-solving in crime reduction. This research involved questionnaires and interviews and focus groups with the police service. It also provides a model of comprehensive problem-solving.

Evidence Based Policing Theories

HMIC - What Works - This is a link to the joint HMIC / NPIA evidence briefing on 'what works' in policing to reduce crime that was published specifically for Police and Crime Commissioner candidates. This is also a useful summary of evidence based Policing for members of the Crime intelligence community.

COPS - Resources and Information Centre - This is the website for the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Orientated Policing Services. It contains links to various resources and fact sheets. It also has a library and review section.

Forensics The Forensic Science Society (click for link) - The main aim of the society is to encourage communication and collaboration by providing an arena in which forensic practitioners, researchers, academics and those working in related fields can congregate, communicate and invoke development of areas such as best practice, research, publication, quality and ethics in forensic casework.

General Crime Prevention Council (click for link) - Website allows you to search for publications / articles on any crime-related issue (US site). Police Forces (click for link) - A comprehensive site about all forces and links to them

FBI - The FBI’s website. Reports and Publications section looks at a number of key crime areas.

Home Office RDS - Home Office research an development resource.

Steve Berry - Intelligence Analysis Training Ltd - intelligence analysis training resources hosted on YouTube.


Home Office - Prospective crime mapping in an operational context - Home Office report dating from 2007. This report details a project which aim was to understand the regularities in patterns of burglary across a range of geographical areas and to develop and test an emerging forecasting technique known as ‘prospective mapping’ which would help the police and other crime reduction agencies to prevent and detect more crime.

COPS - Manual of Crime Analysis Map Production - This is a manual produced by the U.S. Department of Justice in 2000. It provides guidelines for introductory-level crime analysis mapping for use in a law enforcement environment.

Batachgeo - A useful and free quick mapping tool for multiple addresses.


Home Office - The ‘road to nowhere’: the evidence for travelling criminals - Home Office Report dating from 2000.This report looks at offenders ‘travel-to-crime’ patterns using a geographical information system to explore offender and victim mobility in relation to burglary and car crime. The report includes interviews with offenders.

COPS - List of Academic Papers for Crime Analysis and Mapping - This bibliography was produced the U.S. Department of Justice. It is its 8th edition and provides a list of the bibliographic and internet resources that may be useful

Distraction Burglary

Home Office - Distraction burglary amongst older adults and ethnic minority communities 2003 - Discusses distraction burglary methods, victimisation and impact on older adults. Also considers distraction burglary and ethnic minority communities.

Home Office - Older victims of burglary and distraction burglary 2003 – The report provides guidelines and recommendations for practitioners working with older people who are vulnerable to becoming a victim or have been victims of burglary, in particular distraction burglary.

South Yorkshire Police - Operation Liberal - Provides information on Operation Liberal, the national operation set up to tackle distraction burglary. Also provides links to advice on safety and security.


Home Office - Decision-making by house burglars: offenders’ perspectives - Home Office report dating from 2004. Report describes results of study in which burglars from southern England were interviewed. Interviews focused on various decision made by the burglars when planning and carrying out domestic burglary. Also offenders offered their viewpoint on various deterrence’s.

Home Office - Overview Prospective crime mapping in operational context - Home Office report dating from 2007. Overview detailing study which sought to develop an accurate way of forecasting where burglary is most likely to occur next using a crime mapping system. Also discussed the potential use of the ‘Promap’ burglary forecasting tool within operational policing.

Burglary website - This is a site providing advice in relation to burglary prevention. Also provides links to recent newspaper articles detailing burglaries (included both UK and American newspapers). The site is a private site published by UK magazine subscriptions and contains a shop and advertising.

Gang, Anti-Social Behaviour and Youth Crime

Gang Related Projects - A list of gang related projects and their work with mediating between youths and enforcement agencies. This site has a number of publications that looks at working with gang members, maybe a bit more on the post-conviction side of things but may be useful for identifying risk factors etc.

Gang Research - Useful links at the bottom of this page to a number of US University’s that look at gang related issues (e.g. next website)

University of Illinois - University of Illinois’ website that looks at the research they have done into urban life and neighbourhood development. Quite a large site that has many links to global gang and youth related projects.

DFES - Government led initiative to focus funds in areas where youngsters are most at risk. Is useful for keeping up to date with new developments with funding and provisions for youths.

NewStart - Website covering aspects of community regeneration and focuses on bringing together agencies for effective partnership work. According to the website “It exists to provide news, comment and analysis for all concerned with regeneration, physical, economic and social, and to stimulate debate and discussion of policy.”

Safer Southwark – Safer Southwark Partnership website with a list of a number of currently running projects including gangs work, hate crime and other antisocial behaviour and links to their websites.

Youth Justice Board - Homepage for the YJB with latest news and links, research and new legislature.


YJB - Young People & Street Crime (Full Report) - Research published by the Youth Justice Board for England and Wales dating from January 2003. The study relates to the reasons behind the increase in young people's involvement in street crime and the implications of this for all the relevant agencies. This link is the full report, a link to the summary is also provided.

Home Office - Tackling personal robbery: lessons learnt from the police and community partnerships - Home Office report dating from 2003. It reports the findings of a review to examine the effectiveness of both operational policing, and the partnership-led initiatives and strategies, designed to reduce the incidence of personal robbery. The principal, but not exclusive, focus of the research was on five police forces: the Metropolitan, West Midlands, Merseyside, Greater Manchester and West Yorkshire police forces.

Home Office - The nature of personal robbery - Home Office report dating from January 2003. The report examines personal robbery in England and Wales based on an examination of over 2,000 crime reports and witness statements across seven police force areas: Westminster, Lambeth, Bristol and Birmingham city centres, Stockport and Western and Central Divisions in Lancashire Constabulary and also two British Transport forces areas – London Underground and London South (which covers the railways of the South East of England.

Home Office - Problem-solving street crime: practical lessons from the Street Crime Initiative - Home Office practice guide dating from 2004. This practice guide relates to the experiences and findings of the Street Crime Initiative which began in 2002 with the initial aim of reducing robbery. This guides purpose was to feedback lesson learned from the initiative to local policy makers and practitioners to inform strategy and tactic development.

Motor Vehicles

Home Office - The extent of motorcycle theft (2005) - Home Office research paper dating from 2005. It details the results of the Motorcyle Theft Index (BTI) which shows which types of motorcycle were being stolen in England and Wales. It also includes bike theft data from 2001 and 2002 to allow for trends to be identified. There are also recommendations for improved motorcycle security.

Approaches to intelligence-led vehicle crime reduction (2004) - Home Office report dating from 2004. This report provides the practice lessons from two intelligence led vehicle crime reduction operations undertaken by Kent County Constabulary and Surrey Police

Home Office - Emerging methods of car theft – theft of keys (2004) - Home Office Findings dating from 2004. This findings looked at reports that the theft of car keys had increased following the introduction of EU legislation making the fitting of electronic immobilisers mandatory on all manufactured after October 1998. The report also contains some recommendations to reduce incidents of car key theft.

Home Office - Intelligence-led vehicle crime reduction (2004) - Home Office report dating from 2004. This report provided an evaluation of Operation Gallant which was an intelligence led vehicle crime reduction project that was implemented in the West Surrey Basic Command Unit in early 2003.


CrimeStat - This programme was produced by the American National Institute of Justice in 2010. It is a spatial statistics programme for the analysis of crime incident locations.

R Project for Statistical Computing - This is a free software environment for statistical computing and graphics. It compiles and runs on a wide variety of UNIX platforms, Windows and MacOS. The most recent version of the software (R 2.14.0) was release on 31/10/2011.

yED - This is a diagram editor which can be used to generate drawings of diagrams. These include diagrams based on information imported from Excel, family trees, and social networks. It is free and runs on all major platforms – Windows, Unix/Linux and MacOS.

axe10 is an investigation application loaded with compliance capabilities and OSINT tools. This desktop app comes with a sensitive material manager and records unused material when the report is auto-generated. The app has many more capabilities, such a Intelligence Grading and reporting.