Vulnerable Localities Index

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Digital Intelligence and Investigation DII S&R 010
Document Status Current
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Author Organisation Jill Dando Institute of Security and Crime Science
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Trustee NPTC Standards Working Group,

Copyright Notice Copyright (c) 2016 National Police Technology Council (NPTC) group and the persons identified as the document authors. All rights reserved.


The Vulnerable Localities Index (referred to as the VLI) is a method which can help to identify residential neighbourhoods that require prioritised attention for community safety. As part of the ‘community cohesion’ agenda in the UK the police were given a new responsibility to identify areas with community tension and respond to them accordingly. This required a method to be devised which helped policing agencies to systematically classify communities into prioritised areas. Since then, the VLI has become a popular strategic analytical tool to assist the targeting of community safety work. The VLI integrates data collected at the neighbourhood level to form an overall composite index value of vulnerability for a locality. It is calculated using six variables, and can be applied in any country where access to reliable data on these variables exists.


This paper provides guidance on ways to prioritise focus areas and may be applicable in prioritisation of digital evidence and sources.

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2018-10-22Digital Intelligence and InvestigationInternal assurance through the DPP programme.

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