Google Trends data for criminal groups in Brazil

Research on criminal groups usually faces the challenge of a lack of consistent data across time. For this reason, I developed the first publicly-available dataset for criminal groups over time in Brazil. It covers the years between 2004 and 2021 and uses Google Trends data downloaded from the Google Trends API.

I use these data in an article that was published in the journal Trends in Organized Crime.

The dataset can be downloaded here (link coming soon).

Organized crime activity level in Brazil by state and year