Chicago Police department, the Illinois Institute of Technology and Rand Corp. are working together on a system known as Predictive Analytics, which predicts crime hot spots. With the data that includes maps, community policing information, 9-1-1 call history data; the police can deploy resources more intelligently into affected communities.
I think our residents do an excellent job. I think some areas we have some people who really care about their blocks and they make a point of calling us.
— Brett [Goldstein, Director of Predictive Analytics
Crime mapping is used by analysts in law enforcement agencies to map, visualize, and analyze crime incident patterns. It is a key component of crime analysis and the CompStat policing strategy. Mapping crime, using Geographic Information Systems (GIS), allows crime analysts to identify crime hot spots, along with other trends and patterns.
Research into computer-based crime mapping started in 1986, when the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) funded a project in the Chicago Police Department to explore crime mapping as an adjunct to community policing. That project was carried out by the CPD in conjunction with the Chicago Alliance for Neighborhood Safety, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Northwestern University, reported on in the book, Mapping Crime in Its Community Setting: Event Geography Analysis [PDF].
See also …
Wikipedia Crime Mapping
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