Pioneering the Location-Based Crime Risk Industry

The CRIMECAST Scoring System was developed in response to proposed legislation developed in the 1980s that mandated stringent security measures be indiscriminately required at all of a company’s locations. Criminology professor Robert M. Figlio, Ph.D. suggested that this draft legislation, while well-intended, was unlikely to achieve any material increase in safety at high crime risk locations. Figlio then joined with researcher-statistician Steven K. Aurand to lead a team of academics, business people, technology professionals, and legislators in developing a rational, cost-effective means of determining the likelihood of crime occurring at specific locations that would permit more effective allocation of security measures.

Based on the success of this initial project, Figlio and Aurand formed CAP Index, Inc. in 1988 to make crime risk assessments commercially available. Their firm pioneered the complex field of business crime risk forecasting and analysis. Together, they created what has become the industry standard CAP Index Scoring System, which is based on the strong relationship that exists between a neighborhood’s “social disorganization” and the amount of crime that is perpetrated there. (CAP is an acronym that stands for Crimes Against Persons, Crimes Against Property.)

Becoming Leaders in Crime Forecasting

Today, Figlio and Aurand’s vision of accurately forecasting business crime risk has been realized. CAP Index is now the preeminent source of crime risk data, mapping, and benchmarking for businesses and government agencies in the US, the UK, Canada, and Puerto Rico. CAP Index has evolved into the company that provides the intelligence to protect physical assets, customers, and employees from losses such as criminal activity, fraud, shrink, and workers’ compensation and general liability claims. We help guide our clients’ security programs and allow them to make sound, data-driven decisions that reduce risk.

Always Evolving to Exceed Client Needs

Our product and service offerings have grown over the decades to meet ever more complex challenges and industry demands. CAP Index predictive maps and reports have been the industry’s gold standard for over 25 years. Our team of seasoned analysts facilitate data-driven decision-making by unlocking actionable intelligence in customized data. CAP Index Consulting provides strategic advisory services and litigation support for premises liability mitigation and asset protection. Our real-time security process compliance & management tools help users survey facilities, document compliance, visualize data, optimize allocations, and manage resources.

Together with our clients, we develop complex and robust solutions that empower decision-makers to implement strategies that work in the real world and directly impact security, safety, and their bottom line.

What Clients Say

CAP Reports are critical to my risk assessments. They have enabled us to take a more surgical approach to investing in our stores that need it the most.

Brad Reeves
Senior Manager of Asset Protection
Five Below, Inc.

CAP Index is the first tool I turn to when time is of the essence. I can always depend on CAP Index to provide me qualified crime information within a very few minutes that I feel comfortable reviewing with the C-Suite.

Stephen A. Brown, CPP
Director, Corporate Security / Facility Security Officer
Burns & McDonnell

CAP Index data is a vital part of our security decision-making process.

Keith McGlen, CPP, CHPA
Associate Vice President
System Security Services
Memorial Hermann Health System

CRIMECAST® Reports have helped our organization for many years to proactively assess the particular risk for crime surrounding our facilities. CAP Index® is an easy-to-use online service that allows the flexibility to share and decentralize within our North America business.

Carlos J. Cortez,
Manager, Global Security Programs,
Kraft Foods, Inc.

Our property selectors are not discouraged from a site just because it receives a high score. What we do is issue every store – all of them – a security classification. The classification determines how we allocate our security resources to that store.

Claude Verville,
Lowe’s

CAP Online is great. It is easy to use and quick!

Ken Wieczorek,
Bank of America

In industries where there is high public contact and a customer is coming to our location (such as retail), why would you leave it to chance when planning security when there is an easy, affordable tool? When investing a million dollars on a location, what is this small charge compared to what it may cost you when you get sued?

Jay Beighley,
Nationwide Insurance

CAP Index Assessments are a must for anyone engaged in asset protection. The new website is much improved and as important, easy to navigate.

Bruce List,
The Williams Companies

We have been using CAP Index for a few years and include it in our security vulnerability assessments. Highly recommend it.

Dan Yaross
Director, Protective Services
Nationwide Children's Hospital